Goldielocks gives us the lowdown on his lush new EP, Luminous
The Sydney producer's new three-tracker is as its title suggests.
Going back a couple of years we shared a track called Moonbeam from Sydney producer Goldielocks, at the time citing it as something akin to Flume on ketamine. A couple of years down the track and now we have his fantastic three-track EP, Luminous, to ingest and melt into much the same way we did Moonbeam. Darkly rich and drenched in electronic psychedelia, it's a fantastic listen, one that definitely leaves you wanting more. You can buy it HERE, stream it below, and read some words on how the tracks came to be down the bottom:
This was the first track I wrote for the project, about a year ago now, and really set the tone for the EP. This was the first track where I found a way to manipulate my vocals in a way to make it sound dark and robotic. I’ve been wanting to use my own voice for my songs for ages, but have never had the vocal skill to do it – and I liked the idea of the vocals sounding like some sort of ‘emotional robot’ over an electronic backing. In the backing I aimed for a particular structure, starting off at a certain tempo and dropping it back to half-time towards the end. I’m hoping the structure had the effect I aimed for.
Only You was my attempt at R&B. I played around with jagged rhythms for ages and finally got something weird and interesting to lay the instruments on. Flying Lotus is a massive influence for me in perfecting off-kilter beats. It almost always involves shifting the hi-hats to sit slightly late in relation to the kick and snare, which gives it a bit of a laid-back groove. The instrumentation and vocals were mainly influenced by Daft Punk’s more R&B side, and I tried to heavily incorporate the idea of a robot with deep emotions, singing a sappy love song.
I smashed this one out in about three days – it was at that point of the project where I was just itching to get it out. I suppose it’s the most poppy one on the EP, maybe the most accessible. I did a lot of work on programming synths for this one. It was mostly influenced by the vibe of caribou’s last album Our Love which is one of the BEST albums I’ve heard. The lyrics in Wishful are about a feud between two voices in your head, the confident one versus the insecure one, and how they work with each other to bring a result somewhere in the middle.