Cocos Lovers - Gold or Dust
It’s noticeable how folk is diversifying again now it has re-found a more mainstream audience. Cocos Lovers' third album sits somewhere in the nu-folk subsection, although it shares some DNA with Graceland-era Paul Simon and Vampire Weekend. This seven piece folk collective from Kent pretty much throw the kitchen sink into Gold or Dust; you can hear influences and instruments from just about everywhere across these twelve tracks. As such, it’s not too dissimilar from their previous albums and if you enjoyed those, this is more of the same - plus some.
Gentle plucking opens the album on ‘Roots Of The Wild’ and pretty much sets the tone for what to expect straight away. And that’s before the harmonies start. The heavy use of flute on tracks like ‘Dea Matrona’ and ‘The Spirit That Swallowed You Whole’ adds to the slightly hippy feel that permeates throughout, while the summery ‘Walk Among The Ghosts’ might be the one to try as a taster before sampling the whole thing. The stand out track though is the haunting ‘Emily’ with its fantastic melody, chilled out vibe and simple structure. With its reminders of the flower power folk of the late 60s, Cocos Lovers have produced something strangely intriguing. As such, this is probably the most interesting folk album you’ll hear in 2013.