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Kodaline – In A Perfect World

Mollie Carberry


The first song I heard from Dublin-based alt-rock band Kodaline, All I Want, had me instantly questioning who these Irish boys were. Combining warm unique vocals, mellow guitar and a beautiful music video (which actually made me cry), Kodaline had managed to create an endearing and enchanting song. I knew that if this was anything to go by, their much-anticipated debut album In A Perfect World would surely be a summer chart-topper.

One thing that is immediately clear about Kodaline is their influences, though this is in no way a negative thing. Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Keane instantly spring to mind, particularly in tracks Brand New Day (which at times sounds like it could actually be Chris Martin), opening track One Day and After The Fall. This being said, there is always room in our hearts for another chilled guitar/piano-based alternative pop band, especially with the heart-felt lyrics and timeless quality that the Kodaline boys bring with them.

Stand-out tracks include Love Like This and High Hopes, both of which have been released as singles. Love Like This is slightly more folky and quirky, infectiously catchy and upbeat. The whistling and strings are charming additions, and vocalist Garrigan’s endearing Irish accent makes it difficult not to sing along. High Hopes takes it down a notch with its more nostalgic quality, but is still nevertheless a strong tune with a catchy chorus.

Overall, In A Perfect World takes all of Chris Martin and Marcus Mumford’s best bits and becomes an ideal chilled summer album, which will no doubt be perfectly suited to festivals and holiday playlists alike.