Norway - Full Moon 77 - 01/18/03
Coydog has taken the name from the mixed breed of coyote and dog
(you guessed it!) at the outskirts of the American deserts. The
music seems inspired by this landscape. The acoustic duo from the
western region of Norway describes what they're up to as metaphysical
country music. I was more than a bit sceptical, being allergic to steel
guitars and anything country and/or western, except Johnny Cash, perhaps.
They set out on their quest after a rendezvous with trolls, demanding them
to "explore your passion for acoustic guitars, slide & lap steel, wonder
about your forefathers who sailed across the big sea - learn later about
the Three Great C's: Cohen, Cooder & Cash "
Well, the steel guitars are not dominating and the country feel is not
that embarrassing apart from the final track "Guessing Game". To me the
songs seem as close to the singer-songwriter tradition, folk or bluegrass.
Someone might even tag the 'silence is the new loud' label of Kings of
Convenience et al to some of the songs. Though the overall American feel
is present throughout. My favourite track is probably the relatively short
and sweet "Silky Pillow" with guitar picking reminding slightly of The
Doors' "The End". Dreamy stuff. "Out Of The Blue" is not far behind, quiet
and laid-back. "November Song" up the paths of Nick Drake also has its moments.
"So Fucked Up" is the bitter pill, closer to basic blues. Coydog's own favourite,
the also bluesy "Please Come Over" sounds too constructed manic for my taste. All
songs are dominated by impressive guitar picking and playing, leaving some melodies
and the singing somewhat anonymous behind. On other tracks the guitar treatment
makes me forget the actual songs to some extent. I guess the album mainly will
appeal to acoustic guitar connoisseurs. You might find more information and listen
to some of the songs at the Coydog homepage.
Copyright © 2003 JP