Artist: Family Photo
Label: Stereocure, 2014
Family Photo is Sacramento-based band who claim their music as dismantled pop to describe they exploration of pop. however, exploration doesn't always mean complexity, though it is also perfect word on their music. Complex but still easy to enjoy. Rich of innovation and dense of harmonies, moreover beautiful too with chamber music behind the layer.
'All We Ever Do' has twelve songs with various exploration. 'Anthem', the opening track, is full of ambient with four minutes intro before closed with chamber music. There will be no more perfect opening for this whole album than a majestic number like 'Anthem'. Pay attention to 'I Honestly Don't Care', especially when the intro is opened only by one instrument: mouth. This song sounds so jazzy mixed up with reggae music near the end. 'Fleets' sounds so 1960. A blend of Beach Boys in the beginning and suddenly turn into pop-jazzy kind. 'Faceyear' is how they show their skill of, transition between pop-alternative-jazzy-and progressive before finished.
This is totally a very great album. So far, this is the best album I've ever heard in last three months, in 2014. Rich of explorations, perfectly innovating pop music, and really stunning. All the sounds came up from this album is amazing. I am now counting a new name in my favorite musical room. Family Photo, I will wait for their next release. You can visit them on Facebook or go to their bandcamp because this one is gonna be classic soon. This album is a treasure left from 60s music. It may be underrated in this era, but musically speaking, there is no era for good music.