Goldoolins

Goldoolins

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Goldoolins' self-titled debut is enjoyable, varied acoustic-driven folk-rock, not at all in line with the trends of the mid-noughties, but all the more attractive for that. Echoes of the first folk-rock era are heard throughout, and at its most innocuous (check out "Better Things" or "I Know You're Not Alone"), it can sound a bit like a hipper Seekers or Peter, Paul & Mary. It's hardly staid revivalism, however, with strong original material like "Be My Friend" that can manage to be both bittersweet and uplifting. Their approach keeps moving around, too, with "My Only Home" recalling the virginal Elizabethan folk ballads common to many women singers during the folk revival; the instrumental "Twilight Queen" echoing the guitar interplay of Pentangle, and a couple of songs sung in Israeli, though most of it's in English. The acoustic base is enriched by occasional light touches of horns, cello, and flute. "Ocean Song" is a definite highlight, the unpredictably shifting Beatles-esque melody decorated by zesty harpsichord. It hints at greater sophistication than most of the other tracks offer, but even if this album is generally on the light and playful side, its sunny good-heartedness is certainly engaging.

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