Italian trio Goldsmack are somewhat of an interesting phenomenon; the three childhood friends grew up in the “most beautiful and boring place on earth”, a somewhat isolated village in the country they call home. This separation from the masses resulted in copious amounts of free time, all of which became channeled into games, art, and lusting for big dreams and success, all of which has wound together to create a debut EP that’s heavy with personal and cryptic meaning in its five tracks.
As well as having intriguing roots in their music, they also prescribe themselves to a fairly niche genre, one that’s only describable as a crossover, but easily comparable to giving alt-J’s This Is All Yours a series of electric shocks whilst it runs for its life on a treadmill.
Take a second to look at the deadpan vocals of opening Dead Morning Star accompanying thick grungey riffs and you’re setting yourself up for a 90s, Cardigans-esque set of work, but the longer you listen, the more you realise that just because it sounds like one thing one minute doesn’t guarantee what’s coming up in the next; seconds later, the vocals layer up for a psychedelic sound that has a gravitational pull on the record.
A Wild Wild Season lets the psychedelia buzz through from the ominous and intensely controlled instrumental of the opening seconds, which soon disintegrates to the evolving sound that propels the music alone; once Davide Tebaldi’s bassy vocals step into focus to contrast Georgia Minelli’s, there’s a split between the fainter poppy sounds and the dingy, Alvvays-dragged-through-mud side.
With all the mannerisms of a film’s title music, Rites Of Spring brings in an emancipating and dominating classic sound, once again nodding its head to the pop influences whilst whispering vocals layer up like a whole new instrument. Relatively settled backing introduces Kids With Guns, setting up an anthemic rhythm that made The Pretty Reckless’ Heaven Knows so popular, with an energy that’s bursting for popularity and a live show’s gang vocals.
Of Human Bondage is easily the most intriguing off the record, a pre dominantly spoken word track with a more random, irregular and sparse backing to support it. For the majority of the time I’m pro-spoken word elements adding an experimental edge to music, but there’s a strong feeling here that the Brand New-esque guitar and intonation of the lyrics shine above the patched in and haunting snippets that scatter across the track.
It’s an interesting release, and one that certainly hits into a relatively untouched area. Bizarre and mysterious, it’s not an EP for those who demand nothing more than easy listening, and it might take a few listens to really sink your teeth into, but once you get to that stage you’ll find a hum of potential that blossoms with each listen.
Wild Seasons is released on May 11th