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Album Review

Cold Pumas – The Hanging Valley

Cold Pumas - The Hanging Valley

Cold Pumas really let it all out.

Label: Faux Discx / Gringo
Released: 19th August 2016

Rating: ★★★

‘The Hanging Valley’ is the second album from Brighton’s Cold Pumas, with four years having passed since their stompy, retro groove-based debut.

Its follow-up is comprised of lots of lush, extended jams, not unlike the most recent Parquet Courts album. It’s like listening to a band peruse a collection of motifs they’ve been working around, slowly continuing until they come to something they really love. At times it can come across a little self-indulgent, but it feels like an intimate, fuzzed-out natural progression.

For the first half of the album, a woozy roughness reigns, like a heavy head. But then ‘Human Pattern’ sees the band crack, with clashing close harmonies and repeating patterns building into a wash of noise.

Despite its name, ‘The Slump’ is packed with tension and raw energy, with the rest of the album providing a come down from this intense build up. It’s clear the band have really let it all out here, conveying emotion heavily in a blanket of noise and melody. Poppy Waring