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The Dowling Poole: [One] Hyde Park

DP dive in at the deep end.

Like the first Dowling Poole album, only more so – if that makes sense – with [One] Hyde Park, Willie Dowling and Jon Poole take all the charming musical idiosyncrasies of Bleak Strategies and refract them into a complex, kaleidoscopic eruption of psychedelic warblings and wilful weirdness.

There are honeyed Beatles harmonies, XTC’s off-the-wall angularity and stabs of twisted invention worthy of the Cardiacs. But mostly the feeling you’ll get is of being elevated to a gorgeous pop-rock nirvana, even if, lyrically, we’re swimming in dark waters with the likes of Fight, Fight, Fight, Whatever and Hope And Glory.

It’s a curiously satisfying feeling listening to acutely honed barbs and ironic observations draped in plushly played and ostentatiously orchestrated compositions, but then this is no ordinary creative team-up. By rights this ought to catapult the duo firmly into the limelight. A uniquely brilliant creation from a breezily talented pair.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.