We review the new EP from The Gold Supply – Underwater Completely
Reading’s The Gold Supply takes us back to a dreamy 90s electronic and slow-wave experience on their new EP, Underwater Completely.
The four-track EP is consistent and smooth with moments of 90s nostalgia and ominous musical pieces. The vocals are creamy and the experience of the album does almost feel like you’re underwater and edging to the surface.
The opening track, Introductions begins with gentle piano. Samples feed in to present an eerie and lo:fi effect and are accompanied by keys that feel louder and more bassy as the song progresses. Around the 1:20 mark, the harmonised male and female vocals add a dreamy effect to the track. It’s a relaxing piece in an ominous sense.
Why Don’t You begins with a similar aura, but with more funk from the bass and pounding bass drums. The whole track with its random vocal outbursts and volume increases from the instrumentation has the erratic sense of 90s dance bands Massive Attack. There’s a burst of the romantic piano when accompanied with the drums adds a huge punch while the vocals are wavy and keep things calm.
Cold Water begins with the uncomfortable wub of the electronic bass before we’re greeted by those pounding drums once more and much more subtle bass. The vocals stand out greatly with the high falsetto being miles apart from the lower tones the instrumentation provides. It is less relaxing than the previous tracks but much more sensual. It has the feeling of early 2000’s Radiohead when they went electronic.
the title track breaks into something that sounds like it should be on Bowie’s Blackstar which is a brilliant melancholy sound. It’s more acoustic-based but feels like the missing instrument to everything we’ve heard before. All of these tracks feature a similar tempo and that’s what makes this EP so special and a dreamy 15 minutes. As the track progresses the electric guitars rip through to a dramatic and triumphant finish.
Really impressed with this work and for a 15 minute EP I am engrossed in the wavy and persistent sounds from The Gold Supply. Its shortness is why it works so well as an EP. For an album, I would definitely want to see more versatility.