Cocoon of Love

Cocoon of Love

Delicate and droll, Princeton’s Cocoon Of Love is a collection of finely wrought songs tinged with nostalgia and yearning. Traces of everyone from the Left Banke to 10,000 Maniacs and the Magnetic Fields can be detected in these tracks. Quick musical quotes (like the Ronettes-style riff in “Show Some Love, When Your Man Gets Home”) pop up in unexpected spots. Most of all, the group is reminiscent of the Kinks during their storied “Waterloo Sunset” phase — tunes like “Sadie & Andy” and “Korean War Memorial” have the wistful sensibility of vintage Ray Davies. Going beyond mere pastiche, Princeton brings an idiosyncratic intelligence to this album, blurring the lines between ‘30s garden-party gentility and 21st-century indie-rock cool. The band strolls through the tiki-bar ambiance of “Stunner Shades In Heaven” and the soca-scented terrain of “Calypso Gold,” with a bemused, slightly downcast air. The moonlit reverie of “Sylvie” contrasts nicely with the folk-rock vigor of “I Left My Love in Nagasaki.” The band’s lyrics sparkle with vivid detail and bittersweet humor.

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