The first ever recordings by Gold Connections, recorded in 2014, receive release on a proper vinyl record courtesy of Fat Possum. The Gold Connections EP is full of young-man indie rock’n’roll, written and performed with a sweet sensibility and an intimate familiarity for the slacker genre greats. 5 tracks on 12 inches of vinyl.
6/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 March 2017
Let's all stop for awhile and raise a glass to 'ok' music. What would we do without the millions of bands and artists who are neither brilliant nor terrible but who make reasonable listenable music we can enjoy without getting too excited about? Gold Connections fall exactly into this category. They make rackety, distorted lo-fi rock that moves along ok without doing anything in particular to impress. Though they use the distorted production values of the likes of Ty Segall, their compositions are quite linear - 'Popular Fiction' in particular showing some severe Neil Young influences. Being a non rock fan I prefer it when they calm down and write tender ballads such as 'New Religion' with it's aching guitar lines intertwining.
This current predilection for compressed, grungy production though confuses me - I'm sure these songs would sound better if they were recorded cleaner. It sometimes sounds like the entire recording was thrown through the guitar amp setting on Logic and as a result even at just five tracks in length it becomes somewhat ear hurting. Shame then, as the songs are...as I say...not bad.
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