Keston Cobblers’ Club – Wildfire
The latest album from Keston Cobblers’ Club is a kaleidoscopic collection of ideas with a neo-folk undertow that will wrap its arms around you and offer condolence with its tales of devastation.
The Kent five piece’s second album, written by sibling duo Matthew and Julia Lowe, has a wide breadth of ideas fitted into the twelve tracks and feels like a true collaborative effort, with the range of instruments and inspirations and the combination of vocals harmonies from song to song.
At times similar to early Mumford and Sons with its urgency and elatedness, Wildfire goes one step further by including electronic sounds to complement the acoustic guitars, trombones, strings and lead vocals – which are shared between the nasally Matthew and sweet tone of Julia.
This is best exemplified on St Tropez and the title track, both which are soaring numbers that are brought back down to earth with a heady mix of synths and strings.
Elsewhere, Contrails is an instantly compelling track; Half Full is a splendid number that has already made a name for itself on the live circuit and Sober is a visceral diatribe set to some enticing echo-effected acoustic guitar.
The group’s past pedigree of making tracks for adverts may become a bit too evident in the lifeless Won’t Look Back, but overall this is a compelling record that gives off new sparks with each listen.