Gold Dust – “Larks Swarm a Hawk”


The second single from The excellent new Gold Dust LP is one of the deepest cuts on the record. A song of self-doubt and inward reflection. The kind of song that turns the mirror around in the light until all angles are equally examined. Stephen Pierce’s songwriting has only grown stronger and more nuanced since last year’s debut, and here he taps into a bit of Byrdsian jangle paired with an effusive vocal that ducks behind the smokescreen. The jangles open up to a pair of solos that burst forth from the haze with an adrenaline-soaked clarity. Pierce lets loose a yearning run that lens into the breeze before fellow Mass shredder J Mascis guides the song out of view on a storm-born gust that’s a pure fuzz delight. Like the last single, this one will be offered up as a limited run lathe cut with the cover on the flip winding up The Weakerthans’ “Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure.” The new record, The Late Great Gold Dust is out November 4th from Centripetal Force.

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