Coke Belda “Coke Belda I”
Coke Belda is part of the power pop covers band Cokeroque, doing awesome things (like a mashup of Badfinger and Jellyfish). This is a guy who know his way around every musical cliche to craft something totally original. His new solo album has been produced by Anders Hellgren (The Merrymakers) and it shows. Beldas style is mainly baroque-styled pop, flowing across a massive 16 tracks.
It all starts with the epic “Last Show (part 1)” which has an ELP/Pink Floyd concert vibe. Then “Vero Suite” blasts us with a sweetly layered mix of chords and harmonies. “18 Miles” is a bedroom suite that takes from Brian Wilson, and “I Understand” is like a mix of Richard X. Heyman and Gilbert O’Sullivan. Plenty of great songs are here, from the fast-paced “Roses” to the orchestral Left Bank meets ELO “Daylight.” Not everything here is a catchy classic, but enough tracks succeed to make this album a highly enjoyable treat. This is a Bandcamp download only.