The Needle Vinyl Tavern
August 6th 2017
$12 adv –
With its blend of innovative sounds and production techniques, combined with uncommon lyrical depth, Goldtop’s full-length debut album You Possess Me formally introduces Canada’s newest dynamic musical duo.
Although Alice Kos and Everett LaRoi have had notable music careers on their own, their longstanding friendship became a full-blown collaboration by the time they officially joined forces in late 2012.
They quickly laid the foundation for Goldtop’s avant folk-rock sound from there, shifting between shadowy dream-pop, crunchy distorted rock and acoustic reverie. The vicious guitar-driven “Rip It Off” and the Laurel Canyon-esque ballad “Even Tonight” illustrate these extremes.
Goldtop was created in the wake of Kos’s solo album You Missed It All (produced by LaRoi) when, after a run of duo shows, the pair decided to explore writing songs together with the wide array of tools at their disposal.
Goldtop made their first impression in the fall of 2016, when single “The Flood” immediately caught the attention of their home province of Alberta. This led to a live session on CBC Radio’s Key of A and rave reviews in the Edmonton Journal and GigCity. For LaRoi, who cut his musical teeth in the 1980s with indie-pop trailblazers Idyl Tea and also co-fronts alt-country band ManRayGun, the overwhelmingly positive reaction vindicated the pair’s choice to follow their instincts.
You Possess Me now marks the beginning of a new chapter for Kos and LaRoi, one that holds seemingly unlimited potential. For the moment, Goldtop is simply one of the most exciting new bands on the Canadian scene in 2017.
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