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Nightblooms / Gold Light @ The Pinhook
April 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
One of the hardest parts about having a band is describing what you sound like. It’s often easier just to reference other bands people might actually know (Elliott Smith, Weyes Blood, George Harrison, Grizzly Bear, The War on Drugs…) than to come up with overused adjectives and round-about metaphors. I guess I could tell you that Nightblooms sounds a little like Lilac Shadows but filtered through acoustic guitars, pianos, and a lot less volume. That might help, but you also might be like, “I don’t know what Lilac Shadows is.” I could say we use lots of synthesizers, or that there are some really tight basslines, or that lyrically our songs are anxious as hell but pretty fun musically. But like Orson Welles once said, “I’m the bird — you’re the ornithologist.” So you should just listen and see what comes to mind. It’ll probably be more evocative than I can write here anyway. Whatever the music sounds like to you, I just hope you enjoy it. – Nightblooms
Tracking through cinematic tales of heartache, love and loss while bouncing between genres from 50’s rock and roll to post-punk to classic country, Gold Light becomes a catchall for Chang’s prismatic take on American music.
“…It’s another layered Chang narrative distinguished by its imagery and turns of phrase. The album’s first eight songs are, however, more of a prelude to the fully realized artistry of the title song and album’s final number.
“Zephyr” has some evocative harmonica playing included in the song but it stands as the finest distillation of Chang’s poetic gifts featured on this release. It doesn’t diminish the accomplishments of the preceding tracks in any measure but, instead, puts an exclamation point on the burst of creativity producing Gold Light’s fourth studio release. It boasts many of the finest instrumental passages recorded for this release and a superb lyric that can stand on its own shorn of music. Joe Chang is an often magisterial writer and his gifts are particularly manifest in the album’s closer. Zephyr deserves consideration as one of the best singer/songwriter releases in recent memory.”
by Bethany Page ( VENTS MAGAZINE)