I wrote about Anna Coogan’s record The Nocturnal In Us a little more than one year ago (here). At the time I commented on the very hushed sound of that record. The songs were like soothing lullabies. Now don’t expect Metallica, but the songs on the new record are fuller and louder. On the new record The Wasted Ocean Anna added a full band sound. The band consists of Colby Sander (banjo, dobro, mandolin), Brooks Miner (hammond), Eyvind Kang (viola, violin), Edie Carey (backing vocals) and Daniele Fiaschi (electric guitar). So while these are not exactly rollicking sea shanties the band is able to embellish Anna’s folk tunes and make them a little more nautical in nature – matching the themes of many of the songs.
You can hear all the textures Anna coaxes out of the band on the song “The Sons Will Join Their Fathers”. You can also get a feel for the seaworthy nature of the record. It seems the bulk of the songs have a relationship to the sea. The Sheffield Star said it best in their recent review: “The result is a truly beautiful collection of plaintive, langorous songs so evocatively maritime you can practically smell the salt in the air when you listen to them. Album of the year from a class act.” There are already a few reviews popping up here in the states and overseas for this record (here, here, and here); so take my word or theirs and buy the new record here now.