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Album Review

English guitarist Simon Tong (the Verve, Blur, the Good, the Bad & the Queen), Scottish singer/guitarist Gawain Erland Cooper, and Welsh drummer David Nock's second outing under the Erland and the Carnival banner was fittingly recorded in the belly of a ship moored on the river Thames. Like the trio’s eerie, 2010, eponymous debut, 2011's Nightingale feels like a relic that’s been spruced up, remixed, and then planted back in the earth for some future generation to stumble upon, crack open, and germinate a scene with. Like a modern-day danceable version of the Incredible String Band, the group takes traditional folk music and then filters it through the swirling psych rock of Piper at the Gates of Dawn-era Pink FLoyd, the electro-freak folk of Animal Collective, and the pastoral creep of bands Espers and Vetiver, resulting in a wild pastiche of digital trickery and oral tradition that channels the spirit of '70s progressive rock while staying true to pop-song brevity. While the 13 tracks that make up Nightingale may feel elusive on first listen, further spins, especially of the Nuggets-esque “So Tired in the Morning,” the twinkly “I Wish, I Wish,” and the epic and serpentine “Trees They Do Grow High,” reveal an explosive amount of ideas, almost all of which take root in the listeners brain long after the last few notes fade away.

Biography

Formed: London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Formed in the late 2000s by multi-instrumentalist Simon Tong (the Verve, Blur, the Good, the Bad & the Queen), guitarist Gawain Erland Cooper, and drummer David Nock, London-based folk-rock outfit Erland & the Carnival began by experimenting with contemporary neo-psychedelic arrangements of traditional Scottish and English folk songs. Inspired by British folk icons like Pentangle, Fairport Convention, and Steeleye Span, the group, which also includes Andy Bruce, Georgia Sands, and Danny Wheeler,...
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