Warm on the heels of his 2015 debut EP, Hein Cooper’s Art Of Escape is a stripped back affair that presents his strikingly melodic indie folk in its best light.
With its stark, uncluttered approach, it allows his soft focus voice to filter through the haze like the sparkling thing of beauty it is.
Teaming up with Arcade Fire producer, Marcus Paquin, the pair have designed a sonic framework that clearly outlines the fragile beauty of these songs.
There are some grand moments here, particularly the lively but languid Overflow, the light breezy Rusty, the lazy euphoric glide of Dopamine and the intriguingly sinister The Real with its Hurdy Gurdy Man tip of the hat.
And, running at just 35 minutes, there are just enough of these moments to leave you wanting more of the same.
A relative newcomer to the scene, Cooper’s ability to navigate the emotional range of his songs with such grace and subtle style indicates that there’s much more where this came from and his best is yet to come.
Which, given the enjoyability factor of this release, is a very nice thought indeed.
A relaxing, transfixing album that is a joy to listen to as it immerses you in its warm bath washes, The Art Of Escape has the soft power to transport you from the broken things around you that cut a little too deeply.
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