There is a dreamy, xylophone opening to Gold Field’s song “Happy Boy” mingled with robotic voices and mmbcha mmmbcha mmbcha beats. You really get about a minute and a half into the track before you feel it building into something more than some sort of Garage Band backtrack.
Then we are brought into lyrics which quite frankly do not resonate anything happy in my opinion. Not that I don’t like the song, because really I do. It’s just ironic, because their song “Dark Again” has a more upbeat, happy feel to it than this “Happy Boy” track. Emotion aside I think what Gold Field is putting out there is pretty ambitious. Their formula is catchy and eclectic, it works and I think they really have something here. It’s “chill” music and at the same time has so much momentum behind it.
Gold Fields’ debut album Black Sun is armed with pop hooks, tribal beats, danceable rhythms, and plenty of emotion. Revered for their larger-than-life live show, the Australian quintet will kick off a national co-headlining tour with A Silent Film & Royal Teeth next week. Fans that can’t make it out can watch their debut TV appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! performing ”Dark Again,” February 27th at 11:35/10:35pm Central on ABC.
Black Sun will be released February 26th via Astralwerks. The album is available for pre-order now Black Sun. Be sure to catch Gold Fields LIVE on tour and stay tuned for more news + SXSW details!
Gold Fields On Tour!
* = w/ A Silent Film
# = w/ Royal Teeth
2/5: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live *
2/6: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
2/7: Philadelphia, PA @ TLA *
2/8: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
2/9: Providence, RI @ The Met *
2/11: Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel *
2/12: Detroit, MI @ The Shelter *
2/13: Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
2/14: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom *
2/15: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
2/17: Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
2/19: Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep * #
2/20: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge * #
2/22: Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue * #
2/23: Missoula, MT @ Elks Live * #
2/24: Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Café * #
2/25: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
2/28: Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour * #
3/2: Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room * #
3/5: San Diego @ The Casbah * #
3/6: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom * #
3/8: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café * #