Friday, December 04, 2015

EP Review: 'Turning Blue' by Broken Gold

Title:  Turning Blue (Chicken Ranch Records, BandCamp, Amazon)
Artist:  Broken Gold (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTubeBandCamp)

Broken Gold's latest EP deals with frustration, reconnection, and uncertainty.  Born out of a year of recuperation after a serious car wreck, singer/guitarist Ian MacDougall poured his heart and sould into these songs after not knowing if he'd ever be able to play music again.  MacDougall took all of that anxiety and worry and turned it into a cathartic and powerful EP.  The four songs on Turning Blue pull heavy influence from '80s college rock and early '90s indie rock resulting in a sound that is equal parts Dramarama, Superchunk, and Dinosaur Jr. but in a way that is all their own.  While this band's music has a nostalgic feel it, it doesn't sounded dated or like a retread of the past, instead it is a new fresh take on something precious and familiar.  The end result is fantastic and a must.

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