SELF RELEASED FOLK ROCK. The Estonian trio Trad.Attack! was formed in 2014, released its acclaimed debut album the following year and has already toured in about thirty countries around the world. The sophomore release is out now and the band has changed its sound to a certain extent. While many of the tracks on the first album were built around old archive recordings of folk singers, this element is less featured here, and the tracks are more rock-oriented. Acoustic guitar is sometimes used with a marked distortion, as in Kabala, and percussions are also pretty heavy occasionally. Which, of course, works splendidly at the band’s (often quite big) live shows.
On the contrary, the first single track Spark is a serene, beautiful melody with low whistle and glockenspiel, contrasting delightfully against the louder stuff. The ten minutes long title track which closes the album is largely built around a pulsing guitar loop so effect-loaded that the instrument is almost unrecognizable. It is combined with pounding percussions, a Jew’s harp riff, and distant vocals floating in here and there. A very unusual piece, and Shimmer Gold as a whole is a very exceptional album.