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3rd album in 2 years from Winchester/Oxford masters of perfectly-crafted pop

 

Co-pilgrim's Mike Gale is a man on a mission; "Slows to go" is the 3rd Co-pilgrim album in 2 years, that's in addition to the 2 solo albums he's released this year alone. There are echoes of the implausibe productivity of indie heroes Guided By Voices' to this effect (Gale is a fan) and with 'A Fairer Sea' (2013) and 'Plumes' (2014) high praise indeed has already come Co-pilgrims' way.

 

 Whereas those previous albums were in essence a collaboration between Gale & producer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Bennett (Dreaming Spires/ Goldrush/Danny&the Champs), new set "Slows to go" realises an even fuller sound, with strong contributions from the other band members. Bennett is still at the helm, and Co-pilgrim's trademark lush harmonies are still in evidence (think classic 70s pop & The Beach Boys) but now 12-string riffs and interwoven 6-string guitar lines abound as well, calling to mind 'Murmur'-era REM or esoteric 80s cassette afficionados Cleaners From Venus, all founded on the distinctive rolling bass lines of Andy Reaney (previously Gale's co-conspirator in cult noughties indie-slackers Black Nielson). Featuring a good dose of boy-girl call-and-response between Gale and backing vocalist Claire Bennett, and a mixture of upbeat pop tunes & weary slow-burners, "Slows to go" is a trip that traverses the spectrum of human emotions. If "A Fairer Sea" was a break-up album and "Plumes" was an expression of grief (albeit both concealed with killer pop tunes), then "Slows to go" is a reflection on where those experiences have left Co-pilgrim - all the stronger for it. Who wouldn't want to join that pilgrimage?

 

 

"Gale distills sunshine-pop classicism into bittersweet songs that channel the warmth of the West Coast ’70s via deep pile harmonies and layered instruments."

- Mojo ****

 

"Confident and self-assured in lyricism as well as musicality, it’s a burst of energy in the band’s already lush catalog"

- Consequence Of Sound

Press

Co-pilgrim is:

 

Mike Gale • vocals • guitar

Joe Bennett • guitars • keyboards • strings • vocals• Trpt

Andy Reaney • bass

Claire Bennett • vocals

Mike Monaghan • Drums

 

Pilgrims past and present •Tom Wenzel• Mark Gardener • Emma Meurice • Teuk Henri • Julien Paschal • Matt Cha•Ben Perry•Jamie Dawson•Robin Bennett•Fin Kenny

Marries Jayhawks harmonies to wafting beach boys tunes • Q

 

Atmospheric, moving, jubilant and tender,this is a stunning album • The Oxford Mail

 

A swoonsome slice of Americana

• God Is In The TV

 

A really outstanding track [A Fairer Sea]...very beautiful album • BBC2 • Bob Harris

 

Really nice smooth melodic pop with heavenly harmonies and clean simplearrangements... a resilient album full of smart credible tunes

• Babysue • Top Pick

 

This is one of my favorite discoveries

•BBC6 • Steve Lamacq