Goldheart Assembly: Long Distance Song Effects


IF BILLY in the Lowground, the second track on Goldheart Assembly’s second album, is anything to go by, this London five-piece are more than a little angry with being lumped in with the Mumford and Sons-inspired “nu-folk” movement of recent years.

Understandably so, given that if Marcus and his merry men can have number one albums in America and headline Sunday night at Glastonbury, then Goldheart could and should be a much bigger deal than they currently are.

Long Distance Song Effects is a little gem of a record that transcends any questionable “movement”. Carrying shades of Blur (in their melancholic Under the Westway mode), Noah and the Whale, Elton John, Big Star and more, it’s a collection to worm its way into the hardest of hearts.

New single Stephanie and the Ferris Wheel is the kind of quietly beautiful thing John and Bernie Taupin used to write during their imperial 1970s phase, and would have graced any one of power-pop pioneers Big Star’s three albums from the same era.

Sad Sad Stage is a grandly anthemic set closer of the highest order, Into Desperate Arms is a jangling tour de force; Behind this Lonely Sun is a string-laden marvel; I could go on. There’s not a bad track to be found and it really is one of those albums which gets better and better with every play.


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