Another new artist, another week. As some basic info, Goldn is a solo artist who started out writing and recording in their bedroom. Influenced by the likes of Kurt Cobain, Frank Ocean, Ben Harper, and pc music, Goldn, whose music is commonly described as pop/rnb, says their inspiration comes from colorful cartoons and old video games. After releasing a single in 2012, Goldn worked on developing their sound and writing this album we’re here to review today, which released earlier this month. The album, PinkFuck features other artists, such as Kayleigh Ramchand and Woodgrain Vicious. That seems like enough of an overview to lead us into the album, don’t you think?
The first and titular track on the album starts off with with a soft sudden glow of music and incredibly loud and upfront vocals. It caught me unawares, but it certainly caught my attention. Ater the initial jump I experienced, I was able to appreciate the soft, dissonant melody that faded in and out in a way that reminded me of breathing a little bit. It was a surprisingly relaxing melody, and left me eager to hear what the rest of the album would be like. The second track on the album, Acanthus, started out with a bit more jazz in it’s melody, with vocals that seemed to blend in with the other instruments at time. With a bit more pep in its step, Acanthus was a great song to follow up PinkFuck with. It led the way into Lagoon, the third track on the album. Lagoon slowed down the jazz twists, focusing instead on a beat that quickly led the way into an open and harmonic based melody. The vocals on the track were more prominent, finding the middle ground between the previous two tracks. So far, the album was off to a strong start with a great variety of styles mixed together with ease.
Cartoon marks the fourth track on the album, and it starts off with a playful, vaguely psychedelic melody and rhythm. It kept to a slower pace, with quiet and distant sounding vocals. It featured patches of music that seemed to echo, and slowly picked up pace and noise as it continued on. Cartoon ends with a silence filled by distant sounds similar to shifting instruments and the ocean in places. The fifth song on the album, jus say it, happens to be the track released as a single in 2012. It starts off with a variety of sounds that were similar to default cell phone rings, quietly building to a harmonic hum before falling away into a sparse piano melody with a distant buzzing hum. The song continued to build gently, adding in a variety of sounds and dropping others as it continued. The vocals seemed to be distant, but were stark and clear against the more minimalist backing music. The song was a perfect track to precede the incredibly short track, 6AM. 6AM is just a quick song that features the sounds of flipping channels and blurbs from a variety of programs.
The seventh track, blue, starts off quicker, building off the simplicity of the sixth track and adding in a lot of quick paced rhythms and melodies as the vocals keep the majority of attention on them as the song continues. Naomi marks the eighth track on the album, and starts off with silence interrupted by a few distant sounds before exploding into a melody that moves the song right into the vocals. This track seems to have marginally more electronic references than the other songs on the album, with vocals that really dominated the forefront of the song, blending easily with instruments and also standing easily apart from them. It set the stage for the ninth track, Nothing New, which started off with a quiet build to a harmonic harmony, complimented by a soft hissing of steam in between pieces of the melody. to me, it had an incredibly sci-fi feeling to it, even as it mixed in a strong rhythmic lead before reaching a crescendo and falling away to let the vocals take the lead on the song. It was an incredibly interesting mix of sounds from the first second of it.
The tenth track, 7am, is another quick track among the longer songs. It seems to play off of the previously listed track, 6am, quite easily. The eleventh track starts off with vocals that lead into a piano based melody. The vocals keep the focus of the song on them as the song continues to play, even keeping the song flowing seamlessly when the backing music falls away and the vocals are essentially a Capella for a moment. It preceded the final track on the album, which started off with a harmonic hum of instruments and vocals that were on equal ground with them. The song had a soft build to it, drawing you into the music as it played and started to wrap up the album. There were traces of the first track in the song, easily wrapping the album up with the same energy that it had started with. The music seemed to drop off and stop entirely in the middle of the song’s length, but picked up suddenly, with a bit more dissonance to it, really bringing the album to an end with a great finale.
All in all, I found this album really easy to listen to as well as incredibly relaxing. To me, there’s a little something for everyone on this album so it’s definitely worth the time it takes to listen to it. For more news about Goldn and what they’ll be getting up to in the next few months, you can visit their facebook page or their soundcloud. The album art for “PinkFuck” by Goldn goes to the respected artists and rights holders. Image found on their bandcamp.