Gold Connections

Photo by Lloyd McCollough

Been enjoying the music of Will Marsh since I was first introduced to it. His 2018 release, Popular Fiction, was one of my favorites of 2018. Like Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, Marsh is now starting to turn his project into a proper band and I’m here for it. Read below for some info from the PR team.

“I wrote these songs at the beginning of a strange period in my life­­––marked in equal parts by graduation, the election of our new president, the end of a relationship, and the fulfillment of my lifelong dream to record a studio album. Reality was shaken and the range of possibilities was shifting. Like A Shadow, and especially its single of the same name, is about the struggle to move forward into a world that seems both infinitely precarious and abundant. It’s EP on aftermath, written through a mixture of fear, melancholy, and lust for life.

While I had the same studio team as Popular Fiction­­­, this is the first time I’ve recorded with the folks I also tour with. I wasn’t experimenting with college friends, or nailing it down with hired guns, but playing in my own band. We were able to evoke the grittier lyrical themes with our weathered camaraderie and live energy. On that note, this is also the first release that I’ve personally mixed and which features a track produced and performed entirely on my own, “Turn.” The first three were tracked on the summer solstice and “Turn” was recorded during a winter writing retreat as the EP’s capstone. It concludes the turmoil and nostalgia with a final decision to keep on turning––as an artist and an individual.”

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“Get back to rock ‘n’ roll,” Gold Connections front Will Marsh exhorts on the opening track Icarus. The seven minute track does exactly that, setting the table for what is a thoroughly enjoyable debut LP of ripping good indie rock.

Marsh’s career got a nice bump after having a link with Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest. But with Popular Fiction, Marsh stands on his own two feet working with producer Daniel Goans. The one thing that he shares with Toledo is that his tunes are prone to take left turns at a moment’s notice. Just as you’re putting your finger on an inspiration, Marsh will shift gears. That’s a trait I love in both artists.

In addition to Icarus, which is about as good a way to open your debut LP; Bad Intentions, the title track and Isabel are among my favorites. Isabel reminds me of another under-the-radar album from last year that was on my faves of 2017, Big Blue by Gold Star.

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Been waiting for this one since playing his EP to death last year. Gold Connections is the moniker of Will Marsh. This track is 4 minutes of mid-tempo delight. His debut LP, Popular Fiction will see the light of day on 5/11 via the fine folks at Egg Hunt Records.

Popular Fiction spins out from its smooth black centre in wide concentric circles, like rings in a tree. Listen close, and you’ll hear all the people Will Marsh has ever been. A little kid, only twelve, thrilled beyond measure to be toying with a four-track and a six-string. A Dylan obsessive at seventeen, reeling from heartbreak and wanderlust, and daring, in the tradition of his idol, to put the feelings in song. Awake too early the morning after his birthday party, newly twenty-one, traipsing through a vast void of virgin snow with a guitar strapped firm to his back. Now twenty-five, Will is at last ready to introduce the world to Gold Connections — once a scrappy sophomore-year passion project; now, aided by seasoned hometown producer Daniel Goans, a high-fidelity font of expression for the many lives he’s lived.

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Credit – PJ Sykes

Gold Connections led, led by songwriter, guitarist and lyricist Will Marsh — has signed to Fat Possum. The band’s genesis came in 2014 at William & Mary; a time when Marsh befriended Will Toledo, a fellow student (albeit one year older). In fact, Toledo handled the mixing of this EP, comprised of their best five songs from a 2014 recording session. While not a carbon copy of Car Seat Headrest, I’d go out on a limb to state, if you enjoy CSH, you’ll dig these guys as well.

Below is their first single, New Religion. Here’s what the PR team had to say – The song is a slow burner with an indelible chorus. Stereogum says it’s “an animal of its own. Languid atmospherics give birth to howlingly aggressive rock ‘n’ roll that ultimately builds to a richly arranged climax.”

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