The name Family Band evokes a large, cheery ensemble, but this duo’s music tends toward foreboding melodies and dark, disillusioned lyrics. Comprised of married couple Kim Krans (an illustrator) and Jonny Ollsin (a one-time heavy metal guitarist), Family Band’s sophomore effort Grace & Lies is full of mystery, terror, and the excavation of painful memories. Opener “Night Song” establishes the album’s tone with bone-chilling vocals and matching drum beats. The band turns toward somewhat lighter fare on “Your Name,” a more upbeat, folk-influenced number that brings to mind the work of Cat Power. Harp-tinged “Ride” explores a similarly ethereal sound, while “Moonbeams” is a bittersweet ode to a relationship in need of reevaluation. While the record lacks some variety, the dreary tone is consistent and well executed, and the palpable despair in Krans’ voice provides needed catharsis on those days when the world seems to be against you.
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By Adrienne Urbanski