Gold Celeste, from Norway, have a sweepingly sunny sound. They start tracks off with near hip-hop grade beats, and then add a lovely glaze of synths, guitars and vocals. The whole thing is delicate, and subtly psychedelic. A very strong, interesting debut. The Glow is released as an LP on the Riot Factory label.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 08 September 2015
Wielding psych pop like a bright burning lantern, Gold Celeste will either make or ruin your day, depending on how purely happy music makes you feel. Catch them out here, on ‘The Glow’, sounding like a hybrid of Pink Robots-era Flaming Lips and the forever fluorescent Free Design. The first song amounts to something of a joyous mission statement: even a melancholy lyric can’t take down the laser-beam synths, tree-swaying vocal harmonies and slick-as-fuck bassline. And it goes on for seven odd minutes, like a community joining arms at a camping retreat. Like I said: this will either sound euphoric or something like a day of zombie reckoning.
There’s something to be said about how leisurely Gold Celeste take their ascent towards the sun. This record unfolds at a slow, forceless pace, opener “Can of Worms” blending into interlude “But a Poem” before the glistening synths of “Open Your Eyes”, which sound like raindrops considering trickling down a car window. Combining the kind of naturalistic synthesis that Mort Garson once made sound beautiful with showy drum fills galore, “Open Your Eyes” is the record’s clearest winner, a wonderful piece of slow pop that you’d happily zone out with forever. The whole record, though, contains this strange, lazy vibe within it, spreading good vibes through a haze of barely awake songs and strange epics like “Time of Your Life” (which sounds like America’s ”Ventura Highway” given a touch of modern psych rock),
I’m surprised by how taken I am by this record, but it’s one of those: like Ducktails or Woo or whoever you are about to take a bath to (don’t lie), it’s emotive wallpaper music, leaving you with both good and funny feelings in your gut. A fine thing, this record: throwback music with fresh tunes. Having a lovely time here, love from Robin.
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