Hardships / Kings

Released: 28th July 2014
Label: Pulco Music

If there was an award for the hardest working man in music then Ash Cooke (Pulco) would have to be a serious contender. For over a decade Pulco has released an abundance of beautiful and diverse music that is a real joy to listen to. With a back catalogue including the music of Derrero and most recently Poundstore Riot, it is clear to me that Ash Cooke is a musician we need to treasure.

Recently, Pulco rediscovered some music that he started in 2012 and never got around to releasing due to other commitments and has now decided to release these songs as free singles over the coming months. Listening to the single ‘Hardships’ the first thing that comes to mind is thank God this song was not left hidden in a basement somewhere. ‘Hardships’ is a gentle, acoustic song that will be sure to strike a chord with many; the acoustic melodies and vocals float around in such a graceful way that you will have no option but to instantly fall in love with this song.

‘Kings’ is a song of two halves, the opening eases you in with gentle acoustics and tender vocals that make you feel safe and warm. As the song progresses you get more than a hint of the diverse talent of Pulco. At the mid-point of what originally started as a lovely, acoustic song it suddenly turns into a combination of wonderful sounds including a number of lively animals.

With ‘Hardships’ and ‘Kings’ Pulco has once again given us two songs that really need to be heard by as many people as possible. Head over to Pulco’s Bandcamp page where you can download these songs for free.

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