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Gossling — Harvest of Gold (2013)

 Gossling — Harvest of Gold (November 1, 2013)

                Gossling — Harvest of Gold
Birth name: Helen Croome
Location: Albury/Wodonga ~ Hawthorn East ~ Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Album release: November 1, 2013
Record Label: Dew Process/Universal
Duration:     38:54
Tracks:
01 Big Love     3:53
02 Harvest of Gold (Helen Croome / T. Jay)     3:33
03 Never Expire     3:46
04 Songs of Summer (Helen Croome / Steve Parkin; feat. Alexander)     3:58
05 Vanish     3:11
06 Challenge     4:05
07 Accolade (Helen Croome / Alexander Gow)     4:19
08 That Feeling (Helen Croome / Steve Parkin)     4:09
09 Pulse     4:17
10 A Lovers´ Spat     3:42
♣  All other songs written by Helen Croome
2013 Dew Process/Universal Music Australia
Sounds like: Cat Power, Alex Winston, Dillon, Lykke Li
Members:
♣  Helen Croome — vocals, keys
♣  Peter Marin — drums
♣  Josh Jones — bass
♣  Ryan Meeking — guitars
REVIEW
Mat Lee, 30 October, 2013; Score: ***½
♣  Much like its cover art, Gossling’s debut LP, Harvest Of Gold, bursts with colour. Songbird Helen Croome’s catchy collection of pop tunes marks a progression from her usual folk roots to an experimentation with ambient electronica and disco: in many ways a rhythmic celebration of her long-awaited full-length release.
♣  Alternating between a brooding low register and delicate top notes, opener, Big Love, is a sonic burst of vocal and musical energy that is maintained from the album’s beginning to end. It’s very easy to get swept up in the singer-songwriter’s joyous pop and forget about her velvet smooth set of pipes, six of the ten tracks easily pleasing any mover and shaker ready for a dance.
♣  However, it’s a completely different story for the four remaining songs, touching as they do on the sentimental and harking back to what fans fell in love with in 2009. While the production of Harvest Of Gold’s pop contingent is to be commended, surely nothing can compare to the symphonic beauty of Pulse, its boisterous orchestral styling fronted by Croome’s intimate and innocent storytelling. Similarly, record closer, A Lover’s Spat, is pure in its simplicity, and duet, Songs Of Summer, featuring Sparkadia’s Alex Burnett, pairs femininity with a deep masculine vocal in an effective tale of lost love. But it’s vocal masterclass Vanish that hits completely new heights, the response to the tragic death of Jill Meagher tearing its way into your heart and erupting, making those dancefloor offerings seem anti-climactic in comparison.
Fortaken: http://themusic.com.au/
Bio:
♣  Her wise older brother kept her up-to-date with contemporary artists, whilst her parents’ music collection introduced her to the musical greats of Bach, Bowie and Meatloaf.
♣  Putting music to one side to study Psychology/Sociology at University, Croome soon realised that she was skipping more classes than attending, in favour of sitting in her dorm room to teach herself guitar and make her first attempts at songwriting. With persuasion from her psychology marks, Croome brought music back to the centre of her life and switched courses to a Bachelor of Music (Composition). It was during this time that Croome met the musicians that join her now as Gossling.
♣  Musically, Gossling has a tender, sweet style that is both distinctive and alluring. A characteristic of Gossling’s songwriting style includes the mixing of heart-felt lyrics, which are simple yet absorbing with graceful, memorable melodies. Her songs are penned with a ’20-something’ perspective on life, however relate across generations.
REVIEW
Written by Jules Innocenzi on 30th October, 2013
♣  Melbourne’s own Gossling is back with her much-awaited debut album, Harvest Of Gold. Gossling a.k.a. singer/songwriter Helen Croome, has crafted a 10-track gem filled with distinctive and dreamy vocals and a wonderfully produced sound that combines touches of electronica and confident percussion with whimsical harps and guitar, that give the album a glittery, retro-meets-pop quality.
♣  We open with Big Love, a controlled and delicate beginning with Croome’s pretty, childlike vocals luring the listener in, before big percussion and synth open up the track with a lush poppy chorus. The wonderfully thoughtful lyrics are like a flowing waterfall in this track. Asks Croome: “What are we made of, big or little love?”.
♣  The title track begins with ominous marching percussion and features some ridiculously catchy hooks. The song has potential to be a massive commercial success for Gossling, with its alluring undertone. Meanwhile, Never Expire is packed with attitude and honest lyrics that tell the story of a love falling apart: “Talking of faults, shifting blame from yourself / Caught in a mess of words when you try lying as help”. You can’t help but think who might’ve inspired this song and its expressions of pain.
♣  Songs Of Summer is a gorgeous, laid-back track co-written with Steve Parkin (Basement Birds) and features Sparkadia’s Alex Burnett. Themes of love and heartbreak continue, as the lyrics tell of a love that slowly crumbled, “Where did we go? Where did our songs of summer go?” she asks. The track is musically reminiscent of Kylie Minogue and Nick Cave’s duet Where the Wild Roses Grow, possessing similarly vulnerable, haunting vocals and slow and steady percussion.
♣  Vanish is a very interesting and melancholy track when taking into account the context. Written in the wake of the murder of Jill Meagher, it’s an incredibly intimate and personal piece of music. Croome told record label Dew Process:
“I was angry for a long time… I was affected by the fact that we saw some of her last moments. It was good it was put out there, but it also felt wrong, intrusive.”
♣  The lyrics are incredibly heartfelt and provoke such raw emotion, commenting on what many Melbornian’s might have been thinking in response to the tragedy: “I hasten my walk and I worry, has my safety been what I thought? / Look over my shoulder, straight away sorry, my heart is on rapid”. The track has an eerie, industrial feel to it, while maintaining a simplicity to allow the lyrics to grab onto the listener. The lyrics end truthfully and thoughtfully: “The streets stay the same, but now we all know her name.”
♣  The track Challenge has a retro, disco vibe and contains lengthy, whimsical hooks that show off Croome’s delicate and sweet-sounding vocals. Though occasionally, the length of the hooks and their resemblance to each other make the track slightly repetitive.
♣  Pulse has an interesting sound and possesses a vulnerable and haunting quality, much like Vanish, but is more theatrical due to the deep percussion and Croome’s high tones. The cryptic lyrics add to the mystery of the track, setting apart from other songs on the album. We close on a calming, almost hypnotic note with A Lovers’ Spat.
♣  Harvest Of Gold is a stunning debut album. The lyrics are honest and heartfelt and seem to come from a real place of wisdom. The arrangements and melodies on each track have been expertly produced and create an air of gracefulness present throughout the album, a gracefulness which is also heard in Croome’s beautifully distinctive vocals. ♣  Gossling’s debut album is a delight on every level. (http://musicfeeds.com.au/)
Website: http://www.gosslingmusic.com/
MySpace: https://myspace.com/helencroome
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gosslingmusic
Gen. dir.: Laura Wallbridge — Walls & Bridges: laura@gosslingmusic.com
Press: Australia/NZ — Kathleen Hore kathleen@dew-process.com // UK — Jon Lawrence Stoked PR jon@stokedpr.com // US — Pam Nashel Leto Girlie Action pam@girlie.com
Agent: AU/NZ — Michael Harrison michaelh@theharbouragency.com & Dan Sant daniels@theharbouragency.com UK/EUR — Nick Holroyd & Matt Bates nick@primarytalent.com
INTERVIEW: words by Scott: http://www.ripitup.com.au/music/article/gossling-interview-2012
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Gossling — Harvest of Gold (2013)

 

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