No, I surely won't tell you about the glorious past of these people before they founded Cobolt, about some of them playing in or being connected to Refused and all that. I bet you don't want to hear it anyway. If you do, go read it somewhere else! There are more important things to say. There is a new album to praise...
After a couple of split-singles, one EP and two previous records (the already classic "Spirit On Parole" being the last one) "Passoa" is their third revelation in full length - and what a revelation it is. It continues where "Spirit On Parole" left off, capturing its beautiful harmonies, its humble sense for melody, its altogether sublime songwriting. In fact, more than once you'll be reminded of everything that made the last album that magnificent. On the other hand, you'll discover so much more that'll make "Passoa" even better. Cobolt have never been more aware of themselves. Their recent releases were masterpieces of self-exploration, now they found what they were looking for - they found a unique sound, their unique way of expression. When looking at the vital, hope insinuating green cover-artwork or the significant album-title and finally when listening to these songs, it becomes evident that on this record the band is more passionate, more energetic, more confident than on its predecessors. These semi-acoustic elegies, these brilliant pieces of singer/songwriter-induced indierock are bearing everything the band is adored for: irresistible realization of emotion and moods culminating in slow motion, a more than charismatic voice that is given to stuck in the listeners head as much as the accompanying melodies and the clearest, most vigorous production you've ever heard on a Cobolt-record. When in their early days it would've been legitimate to see this band continue what Codeine or Slint once have started, such comparisons would do them more than wrong today. They are incomparably by now and "Passoa" will definitely be referred to as a perfect example of combining moving atmosphere, moods and emotion with classic and intense songwriting.
"Passoa" has already been released last year by the nice folks at the Spanish record-label bcore on CD-format. Now, with the release on vinyl 12", you'll be able to enjoy this great piece of music more appropriate - on your turntable. And by the way, it's the first time ever a Cobolt-record is released on vinyl. So don't miss out!