Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording by Ian Harris, Video By Jake Lyle, Words by Landon Kuhlmann
Holy Golden is truly a band for the modern age. They're a multimedia experience that can only be understood completely if you have an internet connection.
Holy Golden's art pop experiment brings together aspects of dream pop and garage rock to form a lo-fi sound that accompanies the aesthetic of their visual art experiments. From photo stories to short films and music videos, Holy Golden has created a rich tapestry of varied work, with their music gluing it all together.
I was flipping through a photo story on their website, called "Otherworld," as I was listening to the session. The photos exhibit sensible composition, with the lead singer usually in the center of the frame in different rooms and exterior locations. But there is a slight blur to them, causing a haunting, almost Lynchian effect that insists upon gloomier undertones. It's like they're tinged with nostalgia, but the memories themselves have become less clear and their halcyon glow is fading. The music fits perfectly with the experience.
The songs have deceptively simple structures that reveal themselves to be multilayered, and they all end in different places than they started in. Despite the glimmer of its exterior, Holy Golden's music is very honest and personal, another deceiving aspect of the band. Their otherworldliness is only the vehicle for their examination of youth, memories, and the human condition.
There's a lot of content out there, a lot of information. It can get overwhelming. A lot of it doesn't make sense. If you can collect your thoughts for a minute and focus again on just one thing at a time, go ahead and check out their website. Holy Golden would be grateful. They said it themselves: "You could be anywhere on the internet right now, and you're with us."
Holy Golden Official Site