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Wednesday, May 29 2013

For an outta-left-field, pseudo-band-beef, no recent example is more intriguing than Akron/Family calling out the Lumineers. It's nothing too serious, but in a February SPIN interview, A/F's Miles Seaton described "this 1930s, panning-for-gold, bow-tie stuff like the Lumineers" as "very heart on the sleeve" and "telling someone else's story." Seaton, meanwhile, believed that his own Brooklyn-rooted act is "telling our own story now and it's less fairy tale." He likely brought the Lumineers up because both bands are folky, but really, each is a broadly different take on the genre. The psych-folk-focused A/F is an especially elusive and imaginative outfit, never illuminating its bigger goals too brightly. Sub Verses, the group's latest, contains the acoustic, sunset-lit brilliance of "Until the Morning," a war-march-gone-eulogy called "No-Room," and fantastical electronic heft in "Way Up." Whatever story this band is telling is its own favorite secret.

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