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"Donkey EP"

Release date: 10 March 2014
FAMY – Donkey EP
07 March 2014, 15:30 Written by Sarah Joy

After reaching the status of ‘hotly tipped’ way back in 2011, the mysterious FAMY reportedly retreated into the depths of Wales to hone this hazy, experimental sound of theirs fully before unleashing it fully upon the world.

Having apparently found what they were looking for amongst the valleys, the West London via South of France quartet emerge with new EP Donkey. Its four new tracks fanfare the arrival of a much-anticipated LP due for release in the summer, and contain jovial yet rousing indie-pop that could ably soundtrack the impending change in seasons.

The band’s lengthy walkabout was not aimless, and saw some members flex their muscles in separate indie project Los Porcos, alongside their Mancunian cinematic peers Wu Lyf. Now however, school friends Bruce Yates, Arthur Yates, Thomas Edwards and Luca Maria Galbiati reunite to finish what was started.

Recorded entirely within a working church, Donkey has a tangible depth to it as the band chant and strum their way through a plethora of expansive, anthemic hooks. Warm and earthy, theirs is a sound with a wholesome yet carefree spirit at its heart.

Lead track “Donkey” is soaring number that lauds the band’s step back into reality, the rhythmic refrain of “FAMY are back” echoing into an authentic hymnal space as a host of folky instruments pitch in and out, while “A Ho A Hound” brings with it an airier approach and rich acoustic treatment reminiscent of a livelier Fleet Foxes.

Biblical nuances are delivered in “Hebrew”, although Famy manage to keep themselves away from all things happy clappy – “History Lesson III” has a drawly Lou Reed approximation to it where spoken lyrics are laid over playful, velvety guitars.

Laced with promises of the enormity of live performances to come, hopefully this Donkey will be enough to carry FAMY to greatness.

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