Music | In The Middle review Famy’s ‘We Fam Econo’

The debut album from indie folk rockers ‘Famy’ illustrates a strong variation of styles, moods, and song structure through a multi-layered miasma of gorgeous synths, vibrant layers of guitar, and echo-drenched vocals.

There is a tribal element to the record with its combination of drum and bass like on the seductive beat and slick groove of ‘Eileen’ which powers the song through to its close. Exceptional vocals can be found throughout the record, most notably on the song ‘Barbie Girls’ which sees the lead singer demonstrate his ability to accentuate the melancholic and euphoric elements of the music. Lyrically, the record is very impressive. The song ‘Mother Benita’, an album highlight, proves to be particularly moving. The honesty evoked by lyrics such as ‘take what you want son, do not be scared’ makes it seem as if the listener has stumbled onto an unspoken and sacred echelon of the soul.

Elsewhere there is an impressive variation in style, the reggae-like laziness of ‘Cap Ferrat’ and its startling crescendo can be juxtaposed with the pop-driven anthem that is ‘Ava’ which underlines a strong folk rock influence. Famy are adept at exploring the transcendental-side of things with songs such as ‘Beta’ and ‘Mother Benita’. They are also curators of the joyful and festive; songs such as the upbeat ‘Donkey’ are reminiscent of sunny days and good friends, as well as the happier moments of Sigur Rós.

Famy’s brilliant blend of indie-folk is capable of plunging the listener into the depths of the forlorn and back up to the very heights of euphoria. In this respect, ‘We Fam Econo’ triumphs over the spectrum of human emotion.

Jake Leigh-Howarth

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