Coca Tenorio – Cold Like Stones

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Liam Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Drenched in shimmering Spanish guitar, tropical rhythms and songs with distinct Ecuadorian flavours, Cold Like Stones couldn’t be less Scottish.  And yet the entirety of this enticing new album by Coca Tenorio was recorded at Watercolour Studios in the West Highlands of Scotland, not far from the place that the Ecuadorian singer songwriter has called her home for almost twenty years.  Eight years since the release of her debut album Todo Transito, Coca has assembled a group of musicians from Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador and Scotland to cook up twelve stirring songs that call upon love, loss and a sense of home for their diverse subjects.  Each song, whether sung in English or Coca’s native tongue, possesses an exotic seductiveness thanks to Coca’s yearning vocals, rippling guitar arpeggios and infectious percussion.  Its a wonderful blend that reaches its soulful best on such tracks as “El Testigo” and the album’s beguiling closing track “Angel of the North”.