Hailing out of Nashville, TN, Koa is a self-described “good vibes” band. A five-piece that recently began gaining attention from a number of popularblogs such as “Good Music All Day” they are a young band that displays a lot of creativity as well as technical skill. They recently released a four-song EP Cool It Down which does its fair amount of genre hopping and includes everything from funk to blues to rock. The songs are catchy, creative and easy to listen to. You know what you’re in for once you start listening.
The album kicks things off with the title track “Cool It Down” which is a chilled out yet upbeat song that grooves upon some really inventive organ that sounds nice against the well-sung lead vocals. Sprinkle in some nice lead guitar and you got yourself a solid song. “Soul on Fire” is a little different in that is a bit more nostalgic and subdued but also showcases the band’s talents. They save the best for last with the seven-minute song “Turtle” which is more introspective than the other songs. Koa pulls it off well and the singers’ voices seem to work even better with the nostalgic backdrop. Cool It Down is a solid EP that showcases the band’s strength and diversity.
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