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‘Pilgrim’ the new album from acoustic duo Oka Vanga is wholly engrossing

(June 10, 2014)

Rarely does an album entrance so deeply that I hit 'replay' the second it ends. I gave this one three straight replays. Before I wax lyrical there’s doubtless some that may subjectively decide against an Pilgrim - Oka Vanga album coveralbum of vocal-free, virtuoso acoustic guitar music – fools. ‘Pilgrim’ the new album from acoustic duo Oka Vanga is wholly engrossing - spellbinding technique, delightful expression, scintillating synergy and a world-spanning, hypnotic folk and roots vibe

Oka Vanga are Angela Meyer and William Cox, who together with two guitars, provide a mesmeric symbiosis so tight there’s no a sign of a join. Two instruments in perfect accord. Two artists with a common mind. Angie and Will gather the influences for their compositions continent-wide, blending elements from wherever their eclectic taste takes them. Encompassing old and new, contemporary blends with tradition, this is an album that exudes a charisma that moves from energy and passion, to peace and reflection. Everyone will choose the tracks that touch them the most - for me ‘Cliffs of Moher - Out on the Ocean’, ‘Wildflower’, ‘Wasteland’ and ‘Abounding Grace’absolutely made my day.

The official release date is 28 June, and no doubt you've guessed that I'm caught by this album, and I’m willing to bet that you will too. Those that decide not to explore its riches should sign-up for the philistine club just down the street.

Reviewer: Charlie Elland

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