That sea...so arrogant right now...that sea... (Melanie Gomez)
Although several tracks never quite develop beyond lulling repetition, and Matthew Gray’s lyrics have the tendency to nudge whimsical absurdity into outré distractions (“Last time I saw Jesus / He was talking to Elvis Presley / he was mimicking all the zebras”), there's an all-hands-on-deck spirit here that makes Family an auspicious debut, even if these tempestuous avant-pop waters are difficult to navigate.
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Or, in other words: Pretty much exactly what MATAS seems to be going for on its debut full-length, Family Family Family Meets the Magic Christian. Anyway, Freedland (nice name!) gives the record a nice little 72 score on the mag's scale to 100. Check it out. --Pete Freedman