Label: Safety First Records Release Date: 09/05/11 Link: Myspace Unless you've recently had your ears glued shut, you've probably noticed that folk music is having somewhat of a moment. An increasing amount of folk/indie crossover artists in recent years has lent mass appeal to the once niche genre; now artists such as Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons are winning Brit Awards and everybody's gone a little bit crazy for Noah and the Whale. However, one artist who has so far failed to trouble the mainstream charts is Jack Cheshire, which is a shame, because his latest release, Copenhagen, is really rather good. The follow up to 2008's Allow It To Come On, Copenhagen sees a continuation of the London based singer-songwriter's low-fi, indie folk style. Although it's been three years since the release Cheshire's debut, famously recorded in the confines of his bedroom, several tracks on this new album seem to reference that era; 'Wanderlust' charts the frustrations of a young man torn between settling down like his friends and fulfilling his desire to see more of the world , while 'Trinket Box' reminds you to "go out today....go fill your lungs". The melancholic 'Bells Again' similarly evokes the defeatist attitude of someone sat indoors, feeling like life is passing them by, with the nihilistic line "killing time is just about my favourite thing to do". Elsewhere on the album, 'Paperhouse' and title track 'Copenhagen' have a more esoteric, dream-like quality, and the quirky 'We Are Electric' justifies prior comparisons to Devendra Banhart. A standout track is 'Magic Eye Lens', a four and a half minute stream of consciousness style road trip through Cheshire's mind. Overall, Copenhagen is a quiet, almost sullen record; out of ten tracks, there's nothing you'd want to get up and dance to. There's also little change in pace or tempo between songs, meaning it can feel a little over long, despite coming in at under 45 minutes. The music, is, however, well-crafted, and in places hauntingly beautiful, compensating for any minor grievances. While it's obviously not a party album, if you're looking for the soundtrack to an afternoon of quiet introspection, Copenhagen may be right up your street. Photobucket