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An absolute must for anyone seeking a contemporary Westcoast outfit.

Rounding out an encouraging batch of current releases from Avenue of Allies is the self-titled debut album from State Cows, who consist of the Swedish duo of Daniel Anderson (vocals and guitars) and Stefan Olofsson (keyboards and bass). The pair are both self-confessed Westcoast devotees and having spent time in LA becoming more familiar with the scene and spending time with some of their musical heroes they formed a Steely Dan tribute band which eventually evolved into State Cows. Having spent two years writing and recording the album, Anderson and Olofsson have honed their craft and presented a smooth and vibrant collection of songs that will find a fanbase with admirers of Airplay, Chicago, Toto and the aforementioned Steely Dan. Adding even more of a touch of authenticity and credibility to the project is the presence of multiple Grammy winner, songwriter and ace sessioneer Jay Graydon who contributes a sprightly solo to ‘New York Town’. 

Splashes of Westcoast soundscapes are all over this CD, from the use of the genuine horn section that jazzes up ‘Come to the Point’ and ‘Looney Gun’ to the to the Doobie Brothers shuffle of the seven minute ‘Lost In A Mind Game’ and old school charm of ‘Stella by the Barlight’. The chill out, laid back, vibe makes this a sheer delight to enjoy against the backdrop of a warm summer breeze and the light vocal arrangements and jazz inflexions add to the easy listening experience. The pair are truly kindred spirits of the early 80’s era that they pay homage to here, and for anyone who is seeking a contemporary Westcoast outfit then State Cows are an absolute must.

A final word on the cover artwork; half a dozen sun worshipping animals crammed into a beat up Cadillac – like the album itself, pure quality.

Dean Pedley

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