Tasteful goth pop that goes pretty much nowhere.
My Gold Mask / Goldy Tapes, 2013
Howling vocals rear their grotesque head right out of the gates on the duo My Gold Mask‘s latest album Leave Me Midnight. The shrieking timbre of Gretta Rochelle mixed with the dark crooning of guitarist Jack Armondo allow this unique brand of goth-pop to easily sink its teeth into the listener. “Burn Like The Sun” features the dual vocals perfectly with simple guitar strumming reverberating chords, lightly accompanying in the background. Ignoring the emo-tinged lyrics, this track is upbeat and catchy and will hook skeptics immediately. “Further It Gets” is another great example of when the duo steps out of the shadows and lays down an optimistic groove.
Rochelle’s vocals land somewhere between Ritzy Bryan (The Joy Formidable) and Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Coming from Chicago, the duo craft a ghoulish post-garage pop sound that is left unpolished by the perfect amount. There is barely any instrumentation beyond drums except for some synth work that pairs nicely with the treble-raised guitar like on “In Our Babylon”. “Without” comes a little out of leftfield with an unavoidable Blondie sound. My Gold Mask sits comfortably between 80s new-wave pop and gothic gloom music like The Cure from the same era. The music does become dull after a while. Writing is definitely not the duo’s strong suit. They have some catchy melodies and both players can sing fairly well, but there’s nothing too stellar on Leave Me Midnight. Once you’ve heard “Burn Like The Sun” and “Never Go Home” (the stand out tracks for me), you can pretty much assume much of the same.
Purchase: My Gold Mask – Leave Me Midnight