I was contacted by Hertfordshire based duo Will Cox and Angie Meyer of Oka Vanga just after Christmas, and they asked if I’d like to hear their new album Dance Of The Copper Trail. I’d heard good things about them, and I was keen to have a listen, so they kindly sent me a pre-release CD for review.
The album is a widely varied collection of eleven fine songs, mainly written by Angela. The title is ‘… a metaphor for survival, a musical allegory weaving together songs based on faith, superstition, love, loss, death and everlasting hope’.
From the opening number, there are several things that stand out and carry right through the entire collection: namely, Angela’s very distinctive vocals; some wonderful guitar work; and intelligently constructed songs that are innovatively arranged – with some fine work from guest musicians also contributing.
The whole album is superb; but I particularly liked the opener ‘The Wicken Tree’; the Angie-Will co-written instrumental ‘Don’t Let The Clouds Roll In’; the Anne Bonnie inspired ‘The Devil’s Tide’; the haunting ‘Rose Of The Hill’; and the two covers in the collection, a very beautiful rendition of the ancient Irish folk song ‘She Moved Through The Fair’; and Sister Rosetta Tharp’s Bluesy ‘This Train’.
The album comes in a nicely designed card gate-fold cover; which incudes a booklet with plenty of info on each song – something I always appreciate. It is officially released on 31st March 2017. Highly recommended. PTMQ
Oka Vanga’s website