Gogol Bordello – ‘Pura Viva Conspiracy’

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The rigorous fiddle-punk of ‘Amen’ and ‘Lost Innocent World’ have a bite that Mumfords would burn their muddiest banjos for.

The record where gypsy punk maniacs Gogol Bordello expose the secret Illuminati plot behind Coldplay’s fourth album? Well, no. In fact, ‘Pura Vida Conspiracy’ is the album – their sixth – where they expound spiritual philosophies (“I am a hieroglyph of love!”), grasp the rural jig-folk baton from Mumford & Sons and, post-Beirut, remind everyone it’s supposed to be fun. And even though Beirut’s Zach Condon has been far more inventive with antique Balkan brass music, Gogol’s ‘Malandrino’ and ‘Dig Deep Enough’ have a tenderness all of their own. Plus the rigorous fiddle-punk of ‘Amen’ and ‘Lost Innocent World’ have a bite that Mumfords would burn their muddiest banjos for.

Mark Beaumont

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Record label: ATO
Release date: 23 Jul, 2013