This six-song mini-album comes courtesy of Austin’s Broken Gold, which is the brainchild of Ian MacDougall, who is both the frontman and main writer. There’s a very warm and lush sense of controlled chaos in these songs; as if My Bloody Valentine had been given the proper restraint and allowed the melodies to not be overwhelmed by the noise. Here, the noise is not a distraction but an enhancement.
Opening track “Teeth” has (and this is the word of the day) melody, structure and a sense of completeness. “Dirty Vodka” reminds me of something Sugar may have attempted for their second album; another song that has a great feel and drive. “Green Grass” mixes guitar sludge, some very neat keyboard-sounding figures and the right amount of tension to make this track stand out. “Life Of The Machine” is another exercise in tuneful noise attack, but holds itself well; “Let Go” is a clean, clear cut popsong with no heavy wall of effects, just a warm solo, a recurring riff and a sweetly melancholic feel. “Shoulder”, which closes this mini-album has the loud/quiet/loud concept to a t, but this band knows how to do it without getting tedious.
All in all, a fine, very likable effort. Much enjoyed – I think this is a band I will be investigating further. Residency At Hundo Beach is an excellent primer.