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Family of the Year

Sunny Los Angeles-based indie pop outfit Category of the Year shaped in ’09 2009 round the talents of Welsh brothers Joseph and Sebastian Keefe, Florida indigenous James Buckey, and Orange Region, California denizen Christina Schroeter. Having a heady mixture of Seaside Boys-inspired man/woman harmonies and a penchant for cleverly organized, folk-influenced pop confections in the vein of Mates of Condition, Phoenix, Essex Green, and Regional Natives, the music group released its debut EP, Where’s sunlight, in Sept 2009 alone Washashore imprint, accompanied by the full-length Our Songbook later on that 12 months. The Through the Trees and shrubs EP found its way to 2010, accompanied by another EP, St. Croix, in 2011. In 2012, Category of the Year came back using their sophomore recording, Loma Vista, offering the solitary “Hero,” which presented prominently in movie director Richard Linklater’s ambitious 2014 film Boyhood, and became a global hit. The next year saw the discharge from the group’s eponymous third recording.

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