NOAH & THE WHALE

Peace­ful, the World Lays Me Down

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - KEVIN COURT­NEY

Ver­tigo Call it pop-folk (polk?) or folk-pop (fop?): a new breed of English artists are dig­ging for their roots and com­ing up with catchy chart fod­der. The hit sin­gle 5 Years Time you al­ready know – it’s the one that prom­ises fun, fun, fun in the sun, sun, sun. Other sin­ga­longs on this fra­grant de­but, such as Shape of My Heart, Joscasta and 2 Atoms in a Mol­e­cule con­jure up vi­sions of past polk he­roes as The Blue­bells, Wood­en­tops and Kirsty MacColl. Noah is one Char­lie Fink, a 21-year- old Lon­doner who shares a sim­i­lar polk vi­sion with Johnny Flynn. If Chris Martin de­cided to take up Mor­ris danc­ing, he might sound a bit like this. With sim­ply strummed acous­tic gui­tar, fid­dles, march­ing­band drums and Mardi Gras mid­dleeights, Fink and his co­horts whip up a happy sum­mer sound that leav­ens the whimsy with such rain-flecked slow songs as Do What I Do and Hold My Hand as I’m Low­ered. www.noah andthe­whale.com Down­load tracks: Shape of My Heart, 5 Years Time, Peace­ful, the World Lays Me Down

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