Gold Dime is the latest incarnation from Andriya Ambro (formerly of Talk Normal), joining forces with Ian Douglas-Moore and Jessica Ackerley they draw on their noise rock past and refine the writing into a more expansive and wide ranging sound and song structure. This is certainly “Unapologetic art rock”, but who is apologising?
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Clattering trio Gold Dime bring noise rock spread like well-distributed butter on ‘Nerves’, creating a record whose feedback is strategic and whose repetitive basslines are sharply punctuated. A trio formed out of Talk Normal’s Andriya Ambro, plus Ian-Douglas Moore and Jessica Ackerley, their sound is economical but impactful, using less resources in the right places. Kinda like how Sonic Youth used to plug things in just when you wanted to, ‘Nerves’ has an almost ambient understanding of when your instruments carry the most weight.
It opens on “Easy”, where Ambro’s vocals shake and sleuth, moving determinedly over a railtrack bass line as shards of guitars stir both melodically and dissonantly. The surf chords of “All We Have To Be Thankful For” sound lopsided and mistimed, though they actually keep the song tethered amidst its sideways naysaying -- they disappear and the song enters a noise tunnel worthy of Sightings before coming out the other side like a jubilant psych piece. These contrasts in repetition and gleeful bait and switch make Gold Dime a welcome fuck you to the noise-rock predisposed.
And they sound like they’re having fun, too -- the euphoria condensing out of “Shut Up” is palpable, a song tightened in tension by its shimmering drums but unleashed in jubilation by the endless string of yelped and hummed mantras. It’s ever so nice to watch these contradictions unravel in bouts of misfired noise, and it’s lovely to hear a record play its melodicism and harshness off against each other like two enemies in a Street Fighter brawl.
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