Coast – Windmills in the Sky

Album Review | Ruabhal Records | Review by Liam Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Once you’ve heard the powerfully painterly soundscapes of “Is Sinn Na Tuinn Air Bhàrr A’ Chuain”, the first track on Windmills in the Sky, there’s no letting go of this wonderfully sprawling new album from Scottish folk rockers Coast.  With its frothing mixture of highland folk sounds, gleaming guitar solos, irresistible melodies and arresting harmonies, Coast’s fourth outing is a muscular addition to the band’s growing collection.  Songs such as “River” and “No More Heroes” provide the perfect soundtrack for a highland road trip, especially as both seem to straddle the line between mainstream rock and traditional Scottish folk music, whilst “You’re So Beautiful To Me”, “The Whole World” and the album’s title track explore some rather tasty sonic textures thanks to nifty turns on synthesiser, organ, pipes and piano.  The whole package is sewn together tightly by Paul Eastham’s towering vocals and Finlay Wells’ spirited guitar licks.