Sure has been tough to come up with post ideas lately, so here’s an album review. I first heard about Golden Silvers while I was perusing around the interweb a week ago. You see sometimes when I feel the need for new music, I go on elaborate searches on various websites. I read about these guys from one of those “Bands to look for in 09′” type articles on a website for some British magazine. It’s pretty rare that I actually find I band that I like, even a little, so after hearing this trio’s dance friendly lead single “True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)” I decided to check em out and I’m glad I did.
Brimming with New Wave inspired dance pop and soft ballads, Golden Silvers’ debut may not be the most cohesive album but it’s got spunk and it’s swimming in style. “True Romance (True No. 9 Blues)” is the immediate draw with it’s smooth rhythm and retro synth. Lead singer/keyboardist Gwilym Gold is an entertaining front man with his lazy British delivery and both bassist Ben Moorehouse and drummer Alexis Nunez (no guitars here) provide some fun and bouncy doo wop-esque backup vocals. “Magic Touch” is another early favorite sounding similar to something Vampire Weekend might whip up.
Golden Silvers definitely reminds me of some combination of English 80s New Wave acts. I’m not going to try and sound cool like some hip critic saying it sounds like “The British MGMT” or “Early David Bowie and Elvis Costello team up” (I actually read some douche that wrote that) but it’s definitely a familiar 80s pop sound with some nice hints of modern alternative rock.
These guys definitely have Dance pop/rock down but their ballads need some work. Often I find songs dragging on with a so-so progression, just waiting for the next upbeat number. I mean sure it’s pleasant enough in the “easy listening” department but these guys are much more impressive tackling more energetic numbers… Maybe they’ll catch on to this as time goes by.
There’s plenty of room for this band to grow and I see a lot of potential. I’d really like to see how these guys are received when the album hits the U.S… Though come to think of it, I don’t know is this album has or hasn’t dropped stateside. It was released in the U.K. in April but it’s been a stretch finding info on Golden Silvers, they don’t even have a wikipedia page. Well they’ll have one some day, they certainly deserve it.
Favorite Tracks: “Arrows of Eros”, “Magic Touch”, “True Romance (True No. 9 Blues”