Gold & Youth - Dream Baby

BC: Top 10 of 2021

by Sean Orr

Gold and Youth’s long-awaited sophomore record squirms and shifts from new wave devotional dream pop to Leonard Cohen-tinged apocalyptic poetics with breathless ease. Whip-smart and woke, Dream Baby is an epic and sprawling soundtrack to contemporary collective anxieties at the end of history- a cavernous ode to the banality of late capitalism. The resulting tension manifests in hazy synth washes, cascading harmonies, and melancholic glam-tinged theatrics. For fans of Lower Dens, Dean Blunt and Billy Idol.