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Golden Sea

  • 1. Departure, The
    2. In The Lowlands
    3. Feral, The
    4. Garden Grow
    5. Nightsong
    6. Burial, The
    7. Seven Wild Horses
    8. Share
    9. Warriors Of Love
    10. Dark Red Roses, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BELLACD258X

  • Credits
    ProducerMoogie Johnson; Anna Bronsted; Soren Bigum
    EngineerSoren Bigum

    Personnel: Soren Bigum (vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, organ); Fridolin Nordso (drums); Morten Svenstrup, Poul Terkildsen, Robert Karlsson, Moogie Johnson, Anna Bronsted, Soren Poulsen, Palle Hjorth, Yossi Karutchi.
    Audio Mixer: Ian Caple.
    Recording information: b&w, Copenhagen; Dronen, Copenhagen; Home, Copenhagen; Home, Jylland; home, Stautrup; Ry Kirke.
    Photographer: Eva Edsj.
    Efterklang touring member Anna Broensted crafted her own unique sound as the leader of Our Broken Garden, and the group's second album, Golden Sea, put their music in an even more particular place: it's a swirl of sounds too strange to be immediately accessible, but too smooth to be called challenging. Broensted and company's skill at fashioning atmospheres is stronger than ever on Golden Sea, from the somber, rippling pianos on "The Departure" that conjure a moonlit journey, to the hidden final song that glows like an aurora borealis. Nearly every track feels like it's swathed in fog, and on songs such as "In the Lowlands," Broensted's vocals remain one with the mist surrounding them. While her voice is lovely, her melodies stay in a safe, similar range instead of scaling highs and lows -- an approach that extends to much of Golden Sea. Yet, just when it feels like the album has receded into the background for good, something intriguing pulls it back into focus: the hand drums and Middle Eastern-tinged melisma on "Nightsong" or the distant electro-toms on the oddly cheery "The Burial." Our Broken Garden reaps even richer rewards whenever the band ventures into more daring territory: "The Fiery and Loud" isn't particularly fiery or loud, but its yearning mood and fairy-tale melody give it urgency and drama, while "Garden Grow" is a surprisingly sexy standout with a stomping, Goldfrapp-esque beat and visceral lyrics like "rip my heart out if you have to" and "throw me naked on the floor." All the elements of Our Broken Garden's sound are promising on Golden Sea, but Broensted and crew are still learning to move beyond subtle, hypnotic music and toward something more dynamic. ~ Heather Phares

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Garden Grow' welds pulsing sequencers and opulent strings to unabashed lyrical melodrama..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.94) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Hounds Of Love' strings and the watery electronic percussion of 'Seven Wild Horses' add darkness and light to these gorgeous reveries."
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