It’s surreal to feel lost in a place you call home. The buildings, the people, the left turns; they’ve not changed but somehow everything feels foreign. In just under two-minutes, Amy Goldberg dissects the issue perfectly. A burning desire to leave, trumped only by a longing to return, only to find expectations and hope you kept burning aren’t enough to make you happy.

That gut wrenching torment is about as light as this Montreal trio gets. No Family writes depressing, stark Appalachian/country laments. Painful admissions and dark thoughts replace the “tear in your beer, she took the dog and the truck” or murder ballad type stereotypes that have ruined too many modern outfits. These songs are more real than many of us would like to admit.

Strings, banjo and gently picked guitars create a back porch like sound, but these aren’t songs for smiles and sing alongs, even though at times you can’t help smile and sing along. The sonic textures hint at salvation, but No Family is bracing for the inevitable fallout that lies ahead.

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MP3:: No Family - songbird