Golden Sails – Iceland / Horizon Line

It’s cold and dark. Let’s pretend it’s summer with a couple of Balearic nu-disco tunes that should accompany sultry summer evenings. Iceland should be a paean to the frozen food shop but assume it isn’t. Synths dominate in a cocktail bar kind of tune. Horizon Line is a lovely, lazy nu-disco tune. But can’t work out if these are making me feel worse or better.

Blurb: Brooklyn’s Honeywax Records unveils the latest single from Golden Sails, the new project of former Eighteenth Street Lounge resident Michael Hirst. Hirst’s background as guitarist for DC psyche-rock staples (The Sounds Of) Kaleidoscope ran alongside his DJ residency and explorations into electronic music production. Soon Hirst was producing on his own as Golden Sails, combining elements of boogie and cosmic disco to build dance floor tunes with an emphasis on the psychedelic elements he honed with his aforementioned band.

The single opens with “Iceland,” a boogie infused nightclub track with nods to early new wave fueled by a tight eighties R&B-style bassline. The cut gets dreamy with choral pads, echoey blips, and swishing sounds but never loses its dance floor focus, recalling some of the slinkier moments in the Environ catalog. The flip side brings “Horizon Line,” a laid back disco affair displaying retro synth lines blended with a sassy four-on-the-floor rhythm, stuttering guitars, and an effectively pensive breakdown section. It’s a pontential soundtrack for riding an escalator to the awaiting Saturn-bound cruise ship, with a glimmering disco ball lighting the way.

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~ by acidted on November 27, 2012.

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