Coo & Howl – Water Came & Cooled Us All EP
[tags: folk, indie rock, pop, noise folk?, great music!]
Listen while reading:
Halo, Wings & All (from Water Came & Cooled Us All EP)
What happens when you take five guys who played in different bands over the time of one decade and then let them make music together? Despite the genre they will sound diversified and (at least a bit) experimental I think. Coo & Howl from Boston/MA is just one of these bands whose members played in lots of different bands before, like Joy, The Jack McCoys, The Gondoliers, The Vital Might or Godboy. They go by the real names of Christian Cundari, Ben Didsbury, Matt Dodge, Daniel Madri and Matt Savage and they play a weird mix of folk, indie rock and maybe pop – I don’t think we should call this noise folk, should we? (no…) Their debut EP is called Water Came & Cooled Us All.
Halo, Wings & All is the perfect track to illustrate what I said before because it got a folksy guitar playing, indie rock like feeling, an experimental structure, some noise effects but still the character of a good indie pop song (well, not always, but there are indie pop moments). I think this track represents the whole EP even though not all tracks are this crazy (in a good way). Look at the follow up track Sea Dragon-Shaped – this is a calm song, much different to Halo, Wings & All but it fits perfectly.
Me is a lover of the pure acoustic folk, you all know that, and you also know, that experimental sound and folk music is nothing I’m attracted to because I love my folk music pure and intimate. But in case of Coo & Howl I’m willing to let all those prejudices fall and admit that this EP is one of the freshest and most creative music I heard in a good while. I really like, that they don’t focus on one genre in particular but just let the music go its way – and doing so they created a very interesting and colorful piece of art led by the fun of making music itself.
If you are in the mood for some indie rock, pop, folk mixture that sounds way better than you may think after reading the separate genres, you have to give your ear to the wonderful and refreshing Water Came & Cooled Us All EP. You can do so by listening to some songs over at Coo & Howl’s MySpace page or by buying the EP for unbelievable 0,84$. This will be one of the best deals you can do in the remaining year 2009…0,84$! By all means, the music is worth much more (and I bet (and hope) this band will soon be found by a label). But the price won’t stay as low because the system works as following:
If you do want to download, do so quickly. Although initially free, our “success” has the price per track jacked up to 9¢ at the moment; price increases happen with higher viewing/listening numbers. Tomorrow, it could be as high as 11¢, you never know.
And if you are near Somerville/MA on December 5th you should use your chance to see them live, playing a CD release show. Check out the flyer below for more details (click to enlarge):