Both unsettling and optimistic, Deep Gold offers up a misfit Americana that borders on eerie.
It’s the kind of feeling you might find stumbling into a dusty godforsaken bar, where as the eyes adjust to the low-lit grime, unease is soon replaced with a shot of tequila and a familial slap on the back. Strictly speaking, a first impression only says so much — underneath a sinister veneer lives a lot of heart and revelation. Much of what Deep Gold is about comes from the Cohen tradition of poetry first, music second. Now that sound has been applied, a Calexico style mishmash of genre has appeared, from smoky jazz to gothic country. Above all, the music is guided by a voice so singular, it’s hard to skip on first listen.
His latest tune is like a Nick Cave cover of “Margaritaville,” and I mean that in the best way possible. The brilliance comes from the prince of darkness protégé comforting his listeners with a “don’t worry, be happy” style mantra. Impeccably arranged and lyrically on point, “Don’t Worry” is just a taste of what’s to come from the singer-songwriter.
Listen to the track below and be on the lookout for Deep Gold’s debut album, out September 28.