Gwilym Gold has produced his debut album, entitled A Paradise. And what a contemporary record it is, combining Gold’s stately talents at the piano with London beat-scene production from the likes of Darkstar and Hyetal. And Nico Muhly even brings the strings! An impressively effective blend of styles, on the Brille label.
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Although the press release mentions everyone but, it’s hard not to think of Radiohead’s other worldly balladry in this impressive debut. Gold successfully marries sparse, haunting piano chords with skittery beats and adds is own dreamy falsetto on top. So far, so Yorke and co.
But this record has a swirling warmth that I just don’t find in Radiohead records. The melodies are post weep-step and remind me slightly of those two excellent Jamie Isaac 12”s that came out over the last few years. The other reference point is the first Darkstar album ‘North’ with its clever coagulation of sad songs and beats. ‘Triumph’ is particularly uplifted by tremendous bouncing beatery which pulses the track along and makes Gold’s ecstatic vocals even more pleased with themselves. He’s found a template and sticks to it throughout - Nico Muhly turns up with some string arrangements to make you cry even more as Gold shifts from piano to rhodes piano.
If you like the bleak Radiohead of ‘Kid A’ and the James Blake weep-steppers and the haunting ethereal Olafur Arnalds types then this is for you.
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