Album Review: Kagoule – Urth

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At the tender age of just 20 there are probably few things the members of Kagoule can look back on. Aside from soon celebrating their fifth anniversary, 2015 has surely been the Nottingham trio’s year. Not only were they invited to play Glastonbury festival but also had the chance to work with Ross Orton, who previously had his hands on Arctic Monkey’s AM . The result of this collaboration, Urth, just hit the record stores and has so far been critically acclaimed.

Opener ‘Gush’, with its catchy riffs, could be one of Nirvana’s lost tracks, whereas ‘It Knows It’ sounds like it was clearly influenced by the Smashing Pumpkins. ‘Made Of Concrete’ marks one of the highlights of Urth with bassist Lucy Hatter taking a turn on the vocals and transforming the song into a gloomily beautiful mid-tempo number.

Despite the band members all being born in ’95 and therefore missing out on most of the decade, Kagoule have successfully produced a wonderful homage to 90s alt-rock and grunge with a modern twist – definitely worth a listen.

[Sarah Stockinger]

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