Patchwork Guilt – “Gold Books”

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Gentle in its melodic trickling as it may be, “Gold Books” has a powerful ethereal quality that will sound somewhat familiar to fans of Kate Bush, forcefully infectious but never departing a sort of purple-tinged enthusiasm – with playful ’80s-inspired synth tones and all. The gentle bass, sporadic percussion, and synth-tinged tone not too distant from the hook in “Running Up That Hill“. Patchwork Guilt retains her pop sensibilities in a similar fashion, while showing no fear of traversing soundscapes that are nostalgic and a bit idiosyncratic. Her voice isn’t as commanding, but the nonchalance lends well to the springtime-y feel of the track, the melody relaying a touch of melancholy.

The project of Phoenix Mundy, Patchwork Guilt “is a figmental band, or a collection of bedroom tinkerings that started in 2014. The songs sit somewhere in-between psychedelia and dream pop, with influences including Connan Mockasin and Devendra Banhart.”

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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