Midnight by Golden Chorale

Golden Chorale | Midnight
self-released (CS/DL)

Hailing from out of Raleigh, NC is John Mitchell, here under the guise of Golden Chorale for the first time releasing the tape Midnight in a first-run edition of only fifty copies. The six tracks run at about a half-hour and consist of machines and strings melding together a droopy ambient drone that negate resistance. The opening track, Prepare, is a loopy and suspended affair, likely aided and abetted by much staring into the slowest motion lava lamp in proximity. It’s arousing affect is a tension tamer and a half.

The watery scapes are so gossamery and luminescent, and follow in the big footprint of Brian Eno (w/Daniel Lanois era). Midnight continues with Ocean 3, and its gentle strings are laden in the obscurity of post-shoegazers of the 90’s, perfectly coiffed in all of its stroked twang. This, however, is going to be something you will want to have on continuous play, so for cassette lovers you can rest that all tracks have been set on the A-side with a continuous half-hour single track, Toby’s mix on the flip – and good thing to, as Surf proves this to be an incredible deep listening long-player. The b-side is most definitely the reason to grab the tape version as it’s an ingeniously emotional encapsulation of some of the best riffs from the records and then some, as produced with and mastered by Zachary Sterman. The two have managed to synchronize the strings into a vivacious set of island vibes, similar to steel lap guitar that elongates and flows ever so smoothly.

But before you flip the tape, please know that Faded Smile is my favorite track here, mainly because Mitchell has decididley added some darkening effects to the otherwise tranquil flow. It’s a tad seasick inducing, for those who can’t take the rock and roll of rough waves, but it’s the quake that will keep you awake. For fans of Slowdive, Ride or Catherine Wheel who can appreciate the murky jangle in their everyday quintessential jam. Ending with the lapping title track, the strings are somehow guided by light. The velocity and volume build to a melodic reverberation that is undeniable, splitting to a slight fade and sudden end.

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