After his melancholic first album, drifter and singer-songwriter Kowen sets the tone with works that are slightly more optimistic. With those low, nuanced vocals and that existential thoughtfulness that is always present in his music, his second album ‘Songs of the Bards’ isn’t exactly clap-happy; yet Ko seems to have injected a teeny dose of adrenaline into his original ambien-induced sound; leaning this time more towards his brit-rock influences; and showing off his artistic capabilities in the process.
Upping the ante with English brit-rock track ‘Man Without A Mission’, the folk/rock artist kicks off the album with a running start. Literally, the song kicks off with a full arrangement; drums keeping the pace while squealing, dynamic guitar licks fill the air. ‘Man Without a Mission’ screams Coldplay for me by way of its religious connotations; but of course with a massive dose of Ko’s signature wanderlust added to the lyrics.