London's Gwilym Gold got his break as the frontman of Golden Silvers, whose '09 album True Romance was a stylish tour through pop's past glories. The band broke up shortly after, and Gold went on to pursue a solo career that has, in places, fallen foul of its grand ambitions. 2012's Tender Metal was released only on the Bronze format, which shuffles each song's elements so that no two play-throughs will sound the same.
Back in 2009, Gwilym Gold’s band The Golden Silvers released one of the most precocious debut albums by a British band in years. Following hot on the heels of winning Glastonbury’s New Talent competition a few months before, True Romance was a collection of startling confidence, combining ELO-like symphonic pop, disco and ’80s funk with memorable melodies and lyrics stuffed with colourful, quirky images from Greek mythology to produce songs that defied easy classification while remaining highly accessible. After setting the bar so promisingly high, one might have expected The Golden Silvers to build upon True Romance with an even better second album, but instead they promptly disappeared.
You know about the big releases each week, but what about the smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar? We’ve rounded up nine of the best new album releases from this week, from Ocar’s lo-fi pop to the glitchy electronica of Son Lux: don’t miss out..