Chris Cohen – Overgrown Patch

People who like their 60’s classics will enjoy Overgrown Patch, especially if you’re tuned into the more reflective, Arthur Lee / Donovan / Traffic side of things, frayed, acid-soaked folk rock with a touch of soul.

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A sublime record and one of that will have you staring into space for hours on end. The best thing about the album is the concentration on melody, it’s simple, but effective and never overcooked. People who like their 60’s classics will enjoy Overgrown Patch, especially if you’re tuned into the more reflective, Arthur Lee / Donovan / Traffic side of things, frayed, acid-soaked folk rock with a touch of soul. The reflective, slightly jazzy piano-driven chord changes are mighty pleasing on opener Monad, and given the pattering drums, and twangy guitar licks, reminiscent of things that Stevie Winwood or Fairport would have conjured up. Furthermore, Heart Beat sounds like a David Crosby jam. Although everything is pretty horizontal, you can get caught out by a simple trick or two: Solitude and Inside a Seashell both have a certain dreaminess in the melody that is heard on things like Caroline No, or Terrapin, whereas Rollercoaster Rider’s guitar refrain is a charming volte face. The latter (along with Don’t Look Today’s breezy soul) is very reminiscent of Kelley Stoltz’s LPs as well.

Possibly the highlight is Optimist High, with its soft bass arpeggio and warm, ragged guitar counterpoint, it’s beautiful. Though to be fair it’s a daft idea to nit-pick on this LP as the whole thing is a pretty seamless listen. So there you have it: this is a thoroughly pleasant and enjoyable record; occasionally inspiring, and we’re confident you’ll love it.