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.
- Record label: ATO
- Release date: 23 Jul, 2013