Swerving rather far afield of his work with Kindling and Ampere, Stephen Pierce recasts himself at Gold Dust, embracing the battered cover countenance of private press ’60’s and ‘70s folk rock. With a good helping of Gary Higgins and FJ McMahon in his blood, the first creak into his eponymous LP is an afternoon comedown of weatherbeaten guitar with just a touch of cosmic ripple in the vocals. It’s as vulnerable and open as Pierce has sounded to date. To add to the authenticity of hermitage Pierce recorded the album at home, working out some of the kinks of playing the parts himself, and then kneading the charms of the process into the release. He then handed it off to Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, The Pixies, Speedy Ortiz) to mix and master into the final auburn glow. The record is out October 15th featuring some nice cover art from an increasingly familiar hand Darryl Norsen who renders it in all its bootleg-evoking glory.
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