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After appearing with Wilco, Patty Griffin and Chuck Prophet on Paste magazine's first-ever CD sampler, Josh Cole took a detour from indie success, disappeared from the Boston music scene, and surfaced on an organic goat cheese farm in the Oregon Coastal Mountains. Three years on, Cole and his dust-choked vocals and barbed-wire guitar are back in Boston, along with a new band and a new attitude that both figure prominently on his new album, Hypocriticool, a folk/rock/pop album that corrals 13 punchy, teary-eyed, mystic songs into one household.
"While working on my brother's farm, I realized the industries of agriculture and music are the same in that they’ve grown too big," Cole says. "But when you're a farmer or musician on a small-scale, working household style, when it’s all about your relationship to your community, nature, and your craft--when you've got that in harmony--that's when it's not hypocritical. Life is bigger than being cool; to make better music and a better world you have to concentrate on being good to yourself and those around you and not being defined by what you're up against."
Hypocriticool is an eclectic collection of songs that represents a conscious effort on Josh Cole’s part to define himself by bringing together extremes of sounds and words. While there is a lot of good music being made today, when he surveys the horizon Cole sees a great vacancy -- or rather, a vacancy for greatness. “That vacancy is somebody who pulls together the balls of rock and the lyrical assertiveness of classic folk and country to make original, quirky, hard-hitting songs; songs that awaken people’s imaginations and create new metaphors to cope with a radically shifting world,” Cole says. From Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan to the Clash to Fugazi, Cole believes that “songs -- not the genres -- dictate what music should sound like.”
"I love the way Josh Cole plays with the language."
Catie Curtis (Vanguard Records)
"A well crafted and produced album, Hypocriticool spans the musical spectrum from quick-witted rock hooks to soulful sit-down ballads. Josh Cole definitely solidifies himself (and his Household) as a gifted songwriter and artist."
"Cole has traveled the country and it shows, as he brings an eclectic sense of worldliness and subtlety to his jazzy folk. Pianos, horns, chimes, accordions -- all the instruments are there, but they're never prominent; they're always one step behind Cole, his guitar, and his words."
Splendid Ezine, splendidezine.com
"Very listener friendly."