Breezy pop goodness
Describing themselves as ‘slacker pop’, 4-piece outfit Gold Baby previously caught our attention with debut ‘What Party?’ Back in October.
Consisting of Siân Alex (vocals, guitar), Sam Asbury (guitar, backing vocals), Andrew Myors (bass) and Ian Lee (drums), Gold Baby offer up a curious blend of engaging melodies and lyrical reveries on the human condition.
New release ‘Maggots’ brings with it a title that perhaps doesn’t slot into your typical expectations of catchy pop titles. “‘Maggots’ is the sound of missing the boat” suggest the band, “of being eaten alive by your own expectations; it’s for anyone who feels eternally late to their own party, regardless of what time they get there.”
The result is a breezy outing with some gauzy vocals care of Siân Alex musing on these themes of being taken over by everything (“It’s like forever is running out/And you were here a forever ago”). Meanwhile, there’s a nice contrast between shimmering melodic touches and a more urgent, raw guitar sound.
In a recent interview, Siân Alex summed up Gold Baby’s aims as “Good songs. Good albums. Good people listening to them”, which is an ambition that you can’t really argue with.
Gold Baby are currently working on material for release in the early part of 2019. Meanwhile, they’re launching the new single with a performance at The Waiting Room (N16) on the 5th of December 2018.
‘Maggots’ is released 5th December.
Gold Baby will be performing live at The Waiting Room 5th December.
Main photo: Keira Anee Photography.
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