An anthemic rocker with peppy effervescence, “Turning Into Gold” is the latest track from Astro Villas, the Baltimore-based project of Sean Pennington. Hazy, whirring synths glide into a series of perky guitars with a playful synth backing. The vocals emerge with a crisp clarity, accompanied initially by a rock-forward arsenal of guitars and rhythm.
The bright synth backings re-emerge during the excellent “take the edge off slow,” hook, adding a lushly melodic component. Bass-heavy verses past the two-minute mark show added emotion in building toward the hook’s re-entry. “Turning Into Gold” is a delight throughout. Pennington describes the track as “a retrospective on getting caught up in repetition and learning to ignore toxic positivity.”
Astro Villas is prepping a full-length, due for release this coming spring.
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“Turning Into Gold” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2021’ Spotify playlist.