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Golden Silvers – True Romance

If their songs do not tug at the heart strings, then that is saying something…

Being a recipient for the coveted spot of New Talent in Glastonbury in 2008, the Golden Silvers have most certainly set the standard high for themselves. With the wonderfully named Gwylim Gold as front man, on keyboard, and bassist Ben Moorhouse and drummer Alexis Nunez providing the backing vocals, together they have honed their blend of indie to a near perfect concoction of brilliant pop music. Produced by Lexxx (who has also worked with artists such as Esser and Crystal Castles), the Golden Silvers’ debut album ‘True Romance’ is a shining example of what great indie-pop should be.

Opener, ‘Another Universe’ sets the tone for the rest of the album. Gwylim’s effortless vocals and tinkling of the keys is infectious and instantaneous and one cannot help but instantly warm to them. ‘The Seed’ and ‘Here Comes the King’ show a softer, laid back side whilst creating a layered ambience. After the jaunty inflections of ‘Queen of the 21st Century’, the lazy intro to ‘Please Venus’ also has a calming affair, offering plenty of harmonising which has become a natural, typical aspect of their sound.

Previous singles, ‘Magic Touch’ and ‘Arrows of Eros’ are just as good as ever, regardless of additional tweaking. The latter a love song about broken hearts, delivered in their peppy, jerky quirkiness makes the matter very agreeable. Ending with ‘Fade to Black’, it has been a fantastic aural journey. This sounds like a momentary goodbye; a fitting end in which solely features Gwylim’s where his song writing and vocal abilities are laid bare showing that the Golden Silvers can create both music to dance to as well as one to reflect upon..

On paper this shouldn’t work; the doo wops and harmonising amongst what may be considered cheesy pop. It is one of those things that cannot be understood, and they have indeed managed to get us rethink what is cool, and if this should be a point at all. The naivety and innocence in the sound that the Golden Silvers possess only serves to further endear them to the collective, communal heart. And if their songs do not tug at the heart strings and/or momentarily fill you with love and affection for all creatures great and small, then that is saying something…

Tags: Golden Silvers, Reviews, Album Reviews

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