Album Review: Erland and The Carnival - Nightingale (Full Time Hobby)
Twisted tales surpassing the strangeness and quirk of their debut last year.
More magpies than nightingales across these 13 tracks, they stitch up a glorious grab-bag of modern psych; fans of [a]The Superimposers[/a], [a]The Coral[/a], [a]Jim Noir[/a] or [a]Gruff Rhys[/a] will find much to love down the footpaths forged between these points.
Magpie-like too, Cooper has a love of repurposing weighty lines to frame his quirky nests, as on “[i]This night has opened my eyes[/i]” on [b]‘This Night’[/b]’s cathedral-rave-folk-meets-Franz skiffle or “[i]Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen[/i]” on [b]‘I’m Not Really Here’[/b], or indeed [b]‘The Dream Of The Rood’[/b], based around the Old English visionary poem of the same name. Not for the birds.
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