Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Mirror of Silver” by Golden Gardens from the from the 2015 self-released cassette single.
Golden Gardens namesake was inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem “All in the Golden Afternoon” and the image of Seattle’s Golden Gardens park in late Spring. They also self describe their music as “dreamscapes and anthems for magical minds.” So it is no surprise that the duo make music that uses its sunny disposition to provide ample opportunity to get lost in. Single “Mirror of Silver” begins with thumping bass and seems to be primed to break out into a club ready dance track. But before you can even began to think about busting out the glow sticks, Vocalist Aubrey Rachel Violet Bramble’s sleepy voice rings out, balancing out the electronic drive with a dream-like haze. The track serves as a prime example of Golden Gates aptitude on taking listeners on sonic adventures through a mist of the surreal.
You can get a cassette of “Mirror of Silver” on Golden Gardens bandcamp and catch them live at Nectar Lounge on October 21st. They are also shooting a music video in Seattle on August 31st and are looking for people who like to dance to help them out. More info on that can be found on their Facebook page. Below, watch Golden Gardens perform “Ghost of Total Stranger” from their 2013 Bellflower EP live on KEXP last year: