No Gold

This album will transport you to a place that is forever sunny and uncluttered. No Gold’s debut album comes a few years delayed, but it’s certainly worth the wait. The first two songs introduce the listener to its swaying, ambient atmosphere quickly. Rainforce is a noise experimentation that actually accomplishes something because of its variety, while Rainforts follows and sounds like it was conceived in the ruins surrounding Pink Floyd’s Live in Pompeii. From there the album flows through spirited tracks including the dance inducing We/Be/Do and the unfastened, droning track Resolver. All throughout, Jack Juston’s guitar work is raw and profound including some savage picking during Mood Hut. Ian Wyatt provides percussion for the album and, with bassist Liam Butler, secretly changes tempos before it’s noticeable. For its loose structure set around solid ideas, this album isn’t a game changer but has created a whole new sound in itself.

Published in Volume 66, Number 12 of The Uniter (November 17, 2011)

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