by Kerry Doole
Other Rooms by Animal Parts is the creation of the highly accomplished and wildly acclaimed young roots songsmith Joshua Cockerill. He impressed with earlier albums The Trick With Your Heart I’m Learning To Do (his 2009 debut, under his real name), and last year's self-titled Animal Parts, and he does it again here. The six-song EP is available digitally (you choose what to pay on the official website, $5.99 on CD Baby and US $6.00 on Bandcamp ). There is also a limited-edition vinyl configuration, available via Bandcamp for US$15. Other Rooms has a sparse, lo-fi feel throughout, and that suits Cockerill's plaintive yet persuasive vocals. It was recorded at renowned T.O. studio The Gas Station by Matthew Bailey, who also contributes on guitar. This is the first half of a two-part album, and we eagerly await the October 22 release of the sequel, Six Arms To Hold You. Animal Parts played seven shows in Alberta earlier this month.