The World Is Somewhere Else

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In keeping with their previous releases, the Goldoolins' third album is certainly folky. But, even less so than its predecessors, it's certainly not folk music, and not exactly even folk-rock, even if much of it is in that general territory. Rather, it's eclectic, tuneful rock with a largely acoustic root, though it's not at all predictable. In part that's because of the arsenal of instruments the trio wield (with help from a lot of friends), including not just the usual guitar and piano, but also medieval harp, whistling zither, harpsichord zither, kalimba, trombone, oboe, tamboura, violin, and more. A fair chunk of it is melancholy stuff with a medieval air faintly reminiscent of British folk-rock at its most wistful. The ten-minute title track in particular might appeal to those who enjoyed the most epic of the tracks Sandy Denny sang with Fairport Convention and Fotheringay. But then there are cuts that change the mood completely, like the goofy instrumental "Buky, Lead the Way to Highway 40," with its clattering wind chime-like instruments and ghostly wordless harmonies, or other tracks that draw from Ray Davies or Paul McCartney at his most whimsical. "One Shot," in fact, has more to do with the most credible side of early-'70s glam-influenced British rock than anything folkish. This trio's Israeli base might hurt their chance for international exposure, but this is far more interesting than much of what gets played on many radio programs that focus on contemporary singer/songwriter-oriented material with an acoustic flavor.

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