Springtime Carnivore-Name On A Matchbook

While Greta Morgan has been taking a break from projects like Gold Motel and Hush Sound, she’s been working on her solo debut Springtime Carnivore. The album comes out this week, and Interview Magazine just premiered this video. I love the A Hard Day’s Night feel, including the black-and-white film. The song isn’t a huge departure from some of the Gold Motel material, but it’s … Continue reading Springtime Carnivore-Name On A Matchbook

Terriers-Unrequited Admiration Society

When Holdfast disbanded about 18 months ago, I feared the worst. They weren’t the greatest band in the world, but they were good and getting better. Now two separate bands, Lamp and Terriers, I think everyone can agree that we are all better off for the split. Danny Cohen and Easton Gruber started the latter, joined by Connor Boyle (a solo artist as well), Nora … Continue reading Terriers-Unrequited Admiration Society

Gold Motel-Gold Motel

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When Greta Morgan returned to her hometown of Chicago from LA, she brought with her the sun-drenched pop feel that would become Gold Motel. Quickly gathering musicians to fill out the band, and they put out their debut EP just a few months later. Since then they’ve had an impressive touring record, playing festivals all over the US, as well as some shows in the UK with Hellogoodbye. Somehow I’ve managed to ignore their ever-growing popularity over the last two years, but I’m here to tell you that I’ve been missing out-and maybe you have been too.

Having read a little bit about the band before I heard this record, I had some ideas about what to expect and they were pretty close. I’d describe the band like a sunny Camera Obscura (a band that I love). Gold Motel’s self-titled album is like the antithesis to My Maudlin Career. Where the scottish group can find themselves mired in pessimism, Morgan and co always sound optimstic, even in the most trying of times. The jovial guitar licks and Morgan’s voice, which reminds me of a less acidic Jenny Lewis, keep the mood up, even when things do get down, like the track “Counter Clockwise.”

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