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Beneath the Brine

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Following on the heels of The Headwinds EP, Beneath the Brine shows that singer Liam McCormick's ambition was well placed. The breadth of arrangements - from dark, classical romanticism ("Beneath the Brine") to horn-laden sounds akin to the Roaring 20s ("Howl") - are complemented by the incredible range of McCormick's voice. Beneath the Brine also showcases The Family Crest's ability to infuse pop into complex arrangements, with songs like "Love Don't Go." The album is befitting the oceanic theme of the title and what SPIN notes as "ambition wide enough to swallow you whole."


1. Beneath the Brine
2. The World
3. Love Don't Go
4. William's Dirge
5. Howl
6. The Water's Fine
7. I Am the Winter
8. She Knows My Name
9. As We Move Forward
10. When the Light Go Out
11. There's a Thunder
12. Make Me a Boat

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 25, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tender Loving Empire
  • ASIN: B00HOGRKYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Zickler on March 2, 2014
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The opening foghorn glides into a powerful cello solo, followed by a massive choir over thundering drums and the rush of strings. Liam McCormick's voice finally enters about one minute in: "Oh young love of mine, she sleeps beneath the brine..." By now, if you have any emotions at all, you're hooked. By the time Liam hits and holds that high note, you're already hitting the "share" button on Facebook or Twitter because you MUST tell someone about this song, this album, this band, this SOUND.

There is no other musical artist out there like the Family Crest. This record represents the collective efforts of literally hundreds of dedicated musicians and technicians, all of whom are part of the Family. One listen and you'll want to be part of the Family too. You're welcome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Emanuel on May 6, 2014
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The first track on a record is terribly important. It can’t be so stunning that everything that follows seems like a disappointment in comparison, but it also has to be good enough that it pulls you into the album’s world, whets your appetite and leaves you wanting to spend the next forty-odd minutes with this artist. It’s not universally true, of course, but I’ve generally found that if an opener doesn’t grab me, the rest of the album isn’t likely to do much better.

The first thing we hear on the Family Crest’s Beneath the Brine (2014) is a sawing riff straight out Bach’s Cello Suites, cluing you in to the San Francisco collective’s symphonic aspirations. But things quickly go in a much more cinematic direction, as lush strings and angelic choirs surge up underneath singer Liam McCormick’s Nate Ruess-worthy vocal performance.

It’s a big, breathless introduction; and if the rest of the album does carve out some quiet space to breathe at times, the widescreen maximalism remains constant. Indeed,the Family Crest doesn’t really do “small scale” – it’s kind of hard when, in addition to drums, bass, guitar, and keys, your core ensemble features flute, tenor trombone, violin, and cello, not to speak of the more than 400 musical friends and collaborators who put in appearances on one track or another.

In short, there’s a lot going on here, in terms of scale and of style both, as the collective hops from Dave Brubeck jazz (“The Water’s Fine”) to 1930s swing (“Howl”) to high-stakes orchestral pop (“Love Don’t Go”). Thematically, oceanic imagery and relationship woes dominate the record, with much talk of being pulled under the waves and a preponderance of “I-You” dyads.
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In an age where music is autotuned to death and nothing sounds new anymore, comes The Family Crest. This band is musically textured and full of energy and joy. They make music that you just can't stop listening too. Liam McCormick has an amazing voice and a huge range. The rest of the core band are equally talented in their own rights. I was fortunate to see them live recently and it was one of the best shows I have ever seen. So if you are looking for something fresh, new and inspiring check out this album (and the rest while your at it). You will not be sorry. I mean it. These folks need to be heard!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fionasshadow on April 17, 2014
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I'm crazy about this album. Every time I play it, it just gets better. The arrangements are so rich, and upbeat , it just makes me feel good. I hope that Family Crest has a long and productive career, because I want more music from them, this album is not nearly enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on April 17, 2014
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There is not a song on here I don't like. Each track has it's own sound, no two quite sounding the same. Each track inspires happiness.
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Like no other band, this collective band brings in pop, rock, orchestra, choir, jazz, opera, classical. The only thing missing is a cappella and maybe African or other foreign melodies/sounds that might be a good fit. Difficult to describe the music, but it is a BIG sound, even though it ranges from quiet to grandiose. Lead singer Liam McCormick sounds like he has a trained voice (to me), bit I don't know. Not the typical lead vocalist voice. Surprisingly melodic, there are no weak songs here. If you are bored of the ordinary, give this band a try. If you play this music so others can hear, I guarantee that those people will ask you "Who is that you're listening to?". A fantastic album.
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By Sky on February 14, 2015
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Wonderful Group. A friend told me I must see this group. I did and I was awestruck. Amazing young group. Their musicianship is magnificent.
Their words inspire one to think and feel . Looking at past and present relationships and the world as it is today. Everything about this CD is beautiful and profound. I can not say enough about this CD. All the musicians, vocalists, music, arrangements, production etc., are beyond expectation. I keep using the term "Group". This is a stupendous Orchestra. I will purchase more of The Family Crest as their new CD's become available.
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Excellent album. Includes songs across the spectrum: alternately reminiscent of Muse, squirrel nut zippers, and a ton of other styles yet they add something unique to each genre. In short, this is a bunch of extremely talented musicians making any kind of music they want to without worrying about having a particular sound. In the end it all works. Listen to the album beginning to end a few times; you won't regret it.
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