by Tiana Feng
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Label: Arts & Crafts
Beyond Wilderness is the debut album from Vancouver electro-pop quarter Gold & Youth. Produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde, Kathryn Calder), there’s something effortless about this album.
Beyond Wilderness’ melodies are simple and you can find hooks in the vocals and the electronics. “City of Quartz” begins with a familiar previously released single. The guitar present a summery twang, something of character in a few songs. The 11 songs promote a sense of melancholy, for electro-pop it’s not really something that’s appropriate to dance to. “Cut Lip” has an ocean-like feel.
“Jewel” has the familiar voice of Louise Burns marking the album’s half-way point with brighter vocals. Matt Lyall’s darker vocals remind me of Diamond Rings, especially when he drops to the lower register. The duet (or trio?) “Come to Admire” culminates into a yell which disperses into an atmospheric effect.
Burns’ moments remain the album’s best parts like a light in the darkness, a necessary sweetness even as the album ends with “Time to Kill”.