Family Band’s Upstate Forest Party

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Just outside of Delhi, New York, a small town that still has dime store candy, is Miller Path. It’s a gnarled, gravel road with grass that swishes against the bottom of your car when you drive up it. It’s also one of those things where you drive and think, Okay, this is where I stop. This is where I’m going. And then it’s not. You keep going until you see a cabin no bigger than a gym sauna in the middle of a grass clearing. This is the cabin that Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin—the husband and wife artists that make up Family Band—built and live in whenever they can. You could fit hundreds of people up there, but it’s also okay with just two.

It’s a big move to open up your house to a bunch of people, especially when you maybe don’t know every single one of them. But after clearing out some of the surrounding land, Ollsin and Krans invited a whole lot of people in even more cars to park their tents wherever there was space. Crystalline blue Christmas lights illuminated pathways, there was a giant projector screen next to a hammock, down the way there was an even bigger bonfire.

But really, people were there for the music. Which, in this atmosphere, was loose. Screw ups were okay, experiments encouraged. Family Band played a set of all new material, testing out songs on the captive audience. It all went over well—Krans and Ollsin’s songs exist in the midst of a wooded haze, a sort of ambient, vaguely unnoticeable fog hovering over all their music, pressing down. To see them perform in the environment that formed their sound added an extra layer of depth and intensely heavy darkness. The music they make is not happy, it’s full of doubt, but it is certainly beautiful.

See more photos from the event by FADER contributor Daniel Arnold, here.

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POSTED August 2, 2011 12:18PM IN EVENTS SPECIALS, MUSIC NEWS TAGS: , , , , , , , ,

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