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Review: 'CO-PILGRIM'
'Moon Lagoon'   

-  Label: 'Farm Music'
-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '7th July 2017'

Our Rating:
Moon Lagoon is this Winchester/Oxford combo's fourth album since 2013
The ten tracks shift between indie rock and chamber pop to make for a varied if slightly uneven collection.

It begins with fuzz guitars for the pop grunge of Turn It Around then, despite the spookiness of the title, You'll Look Pretty As A Picture When The Acid Rain Hits Ya things gets lighter in tone with bouncy backing vocals from Claire Bennett.

Track three is different again with the slow building Cylindrical Fire Escapes, the album's first single. This begins with a long instrumental synth-led intro then showcases some surreal lyrics from front-man Mike Gale.

At this point you'll either be confused or intrigued, probably a bit of both. The title track returns to the chugging garage rock of the opener but the second half of the record has a more introverted flavour.

Gale lost a parent during the making on the album and also suffers from agoraphobia, factors which doubtless contribute to the album’s more melancholy moments.

Despite this, the string-driven Thank My Stars is heart-tuggingly romantic ("It not where I'm going, it's that I'm going there with you") and it ends with a swing and an invitation - Wouldn't You Like To Dance.

This is not an easy record to get a handle on since the tracks reflect a range of moods and never settles on one distinct style. Individually, the songs make perfect sense even though they don't really make for a coherent whole.

Co-Pilgrim's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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CO-PILGRIM - Moon Lagoon