Band of Gold Where's the Magic? Album review

Band Of Gold

Where’s the Magic?

(Jansen)Band of Gold Where's the Magic? Album review


Available from 23 March 2018


2015’s Nordic Music Prize winning duo return with mesmerizing second album packed full of atmospheric stylish pop nuggets.

Over the years the Nordic region has produced a number of talented, melodious bands with a sophisticated pop leaning and intelligent song-writing. Band of Gold are no exception to this rule.

The duo of talented songwriter Nina Mortvedt and musician/producer Nikolai Eilertsen have produced an exquisite absorbing album full of often melancholic but warm sophisticated songs that envelop you and leave you with a fuzzy glow.

Amongst these there are a couple of sorrowful affecting songs arousing some deep emotion. Look at Me with its unassuming folk/country tinged steel guitar turns the melancholia up a notch, Cowboys Junkies mixed with the ghost of Karen Carpenter. Into the Void is another of these moody songs with plaintive acoustic guitar and distorted heart-rending vocal adding to the atmosphere and theme of the song.

Nikolai’s sumptuous bass guitar features heavily on this album to great effect, (Where’s the Magic?, Away With Me) this rich sound layered with Nina’s lush, silken vocals and a variety of instruments all combine to bring an exquisite mix of classic pop, with an element of folk/country and a sprinkling of electronica to the party.

The epic Bring Back has two distinctive parts while lead single I Wanna Dance with You Again evokes the spirit of Fleetwood Mac. A depth is added to the initially seemingly throwaway lyric of Well Who Am I  with throbbing bass and squally bursts of cacophonic electric guitar. While I Could Spot You in a Hundred Miles begins sparsely building and layering vocals to an intense crescendo.

This is a hypnotic listen and the combination of Nina’s vocal and the musicianship which veers between sophisticated and simplistically effective is often achingly beautiful.

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All words by Neil Hodge. More writing by Neil on Louder Than War can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find Neil online at his blog thegingerquiff.

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