Long For The Coast - Revolution Starts At
Release Date: Out Now
Sometimes life gets a little too hectic to cope with and recently I've been in a bit of a whirl which is why I'm a little late sharing this one with you. However, ironically, this is the perfect album to help you unwind and touch base with yourself again. Totnes based duo Long For the Coast have brought 'Revolution Starts At Home' in to the world and, really, we should all be very grateful.
Opening with 'Splinter', the rippling acoustic notes, softly delivered vocals and shimmering percussion will have your shoulders relaxing and your breathing slowing down almost immediately. 'In Our Own Time' continues on the same path energy wise with a little nod to county-mates Harbottle & Jonas in the folky leanings and male/female vocal harmonies. The third track of the opening trio is perhaps my favourite on this collection as 'Hold On, Brother' is the kind of song that will make you sink to your knees to cry necessary tears or pick up the phone to offer support to someone who needs it - this is a simply sublime song which contains one of my favourite lyrics of the year; "there's no straight lines in the human heart".
Recent single 'Circling the Sun' works as a Peter Gabriel-esque pause in proceedings before 'Through The Night' introduces an electric guitar to lift the mood to something a little more edgy with a Jake Morley vibe in the songwriting. There's a William the Conqueror feel to 'To Colour My Days' as the story telling and reflective lyrics resonate while 'Haight-Ashbury' has me dusting off my bucket list to see travel to San Francisco still writ large. Before anything like regret creeps in, however, the sombre but comforting 'Orcombe Point' blends those folky guitar notes with some melodies that sound like distant Whale song while the humans sing about the time they "saw Jesus in a hospice talking with an old friend".
Penultimate song 'Clarity' is a beautiful and cacophonous build of a tune that feels like a band cutting loose at the end of an emotionally charged and technically brilliant but complex set of songs. The last word goes to 'Sophie', a gently rippling lullaby of a song that will surely soothe the most savage of all beasts. I am big enough to admit that I wasn't necessarily expecting much from this album but I have been gently blown away by this album in the way you would be by a random act of kindness from a perfect stranger. And I think that's the point - this album is full of honesty and emotion which, when delivered deftly, is the sort of kindness and warmth we all need from time to time. Sublime.
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