One of our favourite acts Co-pilgrim are seemingly no more. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that the melodic indie act’s chief song writer and lead singer Mike Gale is still going strong in the recording studio, releasing a solo collection of tracks, called Summer Deluxe.
So while we mourn their demise we can rejoice in another strong collection from Mike Gale.
This has a far more electronic feel to it than Co-Pilgrim, with synths taking more of a lead in the mix than guitars.
But Mike Gale’s keen sense of melody is still there and while upbeat in places this is a far more melancholic affair than many of this previous indie-rock inspired releases.
Among the best is the dreamy Beach Boys soundscape of the title track and the fine pop of Jump Start My Heart, which follows within the album’s middle section.
The Waves Are High is another high-point, so to speak. Relaxing and full of summer hazy pop sounds this make this another strong release from Gale. This one has more of a 80s pop feel to it, that will appeal to Talk Talk fans in particular.
by Joe Lepper
More information about Mike Gale can be found here.