Gold Key

Hello Phan­tom

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Albums -

Who’da thunk that the fu­ture of alt.prog could a) lie in the mitts of a band from Wat­ford and b) come from for­mer mem­bers/af­fil­i­ates of punk snarlers gal­lows (with a lit­tle help from sikth)? Well, hello to four-piece gold key, who’ve swapped the throat-shred­ding fury of for­mer days in favour of im­pas­sioned, melodic swag­ger that bor­rows ful­somely from ra­dio­head and muse, with no small mea­sure of man­sun.

it’s a mix that’s evoca­tive but in­stantly grab­bable, vo­cal­ist stephen sears’s empyrean reach part elec­tric goat, part Paul Draper howl, and for­mer gal­lows man lau­rent Barnard lay­ing shim­mer­ing gui­tar lines over darkly psy­che­delic rock, such as the Bond the­matic sneaker and

The shape. There’s a gut­sier groove to sin­ga­longs creep in slowly and cir­cle

The moon and straighter rock ram­bunc­tious­ness to kerosene and

mess, but there’s al­ways some­thing sub­ver­sive sim­mer­ing away, such as the tex­tured, techno glitch on ex­plode or the man­dolin arpeg­gio on Fall­ing Through

The mid­dle. over­all, Hello Phan­tom is worth a proggy punt.

Gold Key: im­pas­sioned, melodic swag­ger.

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