LOCALS ONLY: Album Review
By Zachariah Weaver
Self described as ‘60s psychedelic rock meeting a modern indie tone, the Hemet-based band, Family of Light has really nailed down an out of this world sound on their latest full length album, Technicolor In Stereo. Piecing together a bit of everything, one of the greatest parts about it is that you can even catch yourself dancing to it at times. Because of this, you can call the record whatever you want, a diverse and multi-genre or nuanced group of songs. But the July, 2013 release of Technicolor In Stereo is actually what I like to call, completely original.
Mixing together the sounds of Devendra Banhart, Local Natives and Pink Floyd, the second track—”Breathe Through The Eye” is one that initially gets you hooked right away on its soft, breathy vocal vibe. The orchestration of this second tune makes you believe this five piece rock group hired a few jazz players to join along and produce their instrumentation. But no, the band members did a lot of this genius writing on their own, with a bit of production assistance from Dave Swanson, out of the Riverside-based recording studio, Love Juice Labs. And from the sounds of it, their creative relationship really worked out for the best.
Track five—“Wishing Well” is a song that takes a little turn in my book. This one has a little push in influence towards the eclectic and electric sounds of Mute Math, but without venturing too far into that world by any means. Family of Light still stays true to its originality by giving an organic basis to the electric atmospheres they have flying around as the tune carries on, something very few bands know how to do these days with so much electronic advances being taken in the music industry.
Moving on to track eight, “Amor” is a song that really captured a mood only the band Radiohead has done for me, before. In a very strange way, “Amor” sort of sets this image in my mind of another world. The tones used almost solidify this separate universe as I skim through the pictures of what this song might look like if it took on a form. I’m almost positive that this effect is due to that same originality Family of Light won my heart over within the very beginning of the album.
However many examples can be used to describe this album, there are not enough. And to pin-point the exact feeling one might experience at the end of the Technicolor In Stereo journey, would be to unjustly sum up its unique set of tunes. The only way to achieve a sense for who this band really is, you must plop yourself down in your favorite, most coziest seat with your best speakers by your side or headphones fully intact, and listen to it from top to bottom. And don’t press the stop button until there’s nothing more to play.