All I Never Wanted
Beginning with two anthemic numbers, the album sets an ambitious course full of cross-genre experimentation and lyrical messages. In the opening Americana rocker, 'All I Never Wanted,' Golden lists all the things that could've been before concluding: 'It was all I never wanted/ So what was I supposed to do?/ When all I ever thought of/ Was singing and writing music.' After celebrating his own take-charge attitude towards life, the record implores listeners to do the same with: 'The night is young/ And opportunities abound/ On every street/ So think again/ Resignation and excuses/ Serve your ego not your purpose.' The third song takes an introspective turn as 'Move' explores issues of spirituality and self-determination. Golden continues this exploration, leaving the realm of pop music and presenting a series of imagist movements for piano and cello. Invoking the precision of Ezra Pound, these brief pieces represent a series of city window frames. Pulling together the sterility and detante of Philip Glass while preserving the poetry of Schubert, The Neighbor pieces (originally composed for Adam Salky's film, Sometimes the Neighbor) tells, musically, the silhouettes that city neighbors see of each others' lives. The record ends with 'Salty & Worn.' This drumless track is perhaps his most ambitious and poignantly suggests that Golden's rock sounds, classical background and poetic sensibilities can come together in all sorts of unexpected ways. As Golden finds beauty in tall that is 'salty and worn,' a soundscape of organs, old pianos, guitars played in all harmonics and a crumbling broken-amped guitar surges throughout. This EP is full of promise and thrusts a new musical voice onto the scene. Don't be surprised if the next record he churns out is a masterpiece.