Family Band - Grace & Lies
Family Band. Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin, husband and wife. The former a visual artist turned singer, the latter a retired heavy metal guitar shredder. The husband and wife dynamic has been one taken advantage of before to impressive ends; Krans and Ollsin have certainly stamped their collective authority over Grace & Lies. Unlike their debut Millers Path. where Krans was a relative newcomer to the recording process, she has found the experience this time round much more comfortable, using her art skills to help illustrate her visions for each track.
The pair manage to create huge waves of melancholy, 'Moonbeams' in particular pumps sadness through the body with ease. 'Rise' too is a destined inclusion for many evening playlists, signs of Ollsin's past ever present with its soft chord progressions in the distance slithering around Krans' feeling of hopelessness.
A lot of eerie, dark, reduce you to tears fare has been released to much fanfare as of late. And, while Family Band have ticked all the right boxes, I'm afraid that they have simply been unlucky in terms of the quality of material released by their contemporaries. Grace & Lies is very much, an accomplished record, but apart from the odd moment it fails to stir any emotion within and from a record that deals with love, death, loss and deceit is, frankly odd.
Grace & Lies while interesting at first, commands nothing in terms of a second listen and you'll find yourselves frustrated by this record more than anything, and I think that's what is most disappointing of all.