Black Gold, 'Rush' (Red Bull)

Critical Mass
Label: Red Bull

by Jessica Suarez

Multi-instrumentalists Eric Ronick and Than Luu met while playing with different bands (they toiled individually for Panic at the Disco, Ambulance LTD, M. Ward, Boredoms, etc.) and recorded this debut on breaks from their paying gigs. Breathlessly experimental, the Brooklyn duo will try any genre once -- MOR ("The Comedown"), MGMT falsetto funk ("Breakdown"), and sweeping orchestral rock ("Plans & Reveries") -- as long as it's grafted to a dance beat and a big hook. It's indecision disguised as diversity, and there are glitches, but nearly every song is a potential single begging for an extended disco edit.

Listen: Black Gold, "Plans & Reveries"



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