New Music Enthusiast’s Club: goste

goste Eugene EP Covergoste – Eugene

A swirl of plunked synthesizer keys and distorted computer noises ooze and crash like cold, slowly moving tectonic plates, glaciers pushing against each other until the ice begins to crack, immovable giants locked in eternal conflict. Cold electronics. Icy beats. And a low and warm voice comes into play, slightly askew, slightly warbled, a protoplasmic element to warm this cold and frost laden mix. “Volcanoes (Slow Fade)” opens up the Eugene EP, the latest record from Brooklyn composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and electronic artist goste, and it sets the tone for what’s to come, a blending of the synthetic and the organic, a subtle and flowing mix of hot and cold sounds…digital folk…computerized Americana.

The pairing of varying styles and genres is nothing new to pop music. It’s been going on for decades, and often the results are magnificent. Goste’s Owen Ross has spent his life studying music, and after a stint as a touring guitarist, he decided to create and release his own musical art, an honest mix of introspective lyrics set to traditional song structure and modern, ethereal bedroom beats and electronic textures. This folky electronica sets goste apart from other electronic and experimental musicians, easing off of looped samples and creating more sounds with live instruments and real, live human voices. This combination gives the new EP a simultaneously modern and timeless feel. Eugene is the kind of thing Bruce Springsteen might have recorded if he got high on mushrooms one night and got really into electronic music. Or maybe not, but this melding of sounds makes for something really unique.

After the pulsing and chilly opening of “Volcanoes (Slow Fade),” the album continues with first single “Loadedlikeapistol,” a song that feels claustrophobic at first, like tunneling into some dark and deep mine, before breaking wide open on top of the slow and pounding precision of the live drum track. You’ve made it to the center of the mountain. You’ve discovered the gold. “Hold On/Let Go” then comes in like some warped version of a classic AM rock song, the vocal effects giving it an otherworldly vibe, and then sets up the track most likely to become the breakout hit of the album. “Omar’s Ghost” feels like the song you would hear blasting from open car windows as they tear down the long and winding highways of middle America. There is something so quintessentially American about it. Of the six songs on the EP, it owes the most to the rock n’ roll sounds of the last 40 years, though the bluesy stomp of “Won’t Be Long” comes awfully close as well. These two songs transcend any kind of electronic music trappings, becoming something else entirely. And really, the whole record is like that. It’s strange and deep, cultured, weathered, and endlessly listenable.

Take a listen to “Loadedlikeapistol” and “Omar’s Ghost” below.

 

Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

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