Copenhagen

Raining Again

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On its debut EP -- which was, in fact, mastered in Denmark's capital, though the band themselves are mostly English, aside from keyboardist and co-lead songwriter Kirsa Wilkenschildt -- the eight-piece Copenhagen created an enjoyably moody atmosphere. The roots of the group are fairly obvious -- fans of everyone from Leonard Cohen and Marc Almond to the Tindersticks and Jack can find something to love here -- but Copenhagen's secret weapon is Wilkenschildt's abilities, not merely on keys but on vibraphones. The latter instruments create the lead melody for the title track, around which the group's three (!) singers -- Neal Henderson and Pauline & Jacqui Cuff -- contribute appropriately smoky efforts. Double bass, trumpet, and violin help flesh out the overall lineup and sound, while Wilkenschildt softly but commandingly sets the tone on piano and synth, and the overall feeling, even with the semi-flamenco kick of "Holy Grail," is a classic late-night, back-of-the-bar, rain-coming-down experience.

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