Stephen Pierce’s Gold Dust has been on my radar for some time. The solo guise of the Kindling guitarist finds him in much calmer waters, embracing a sun-bathed folk form. While his debut found him getting more comfortable in the ease of his new pacing, the songs on the upcoming The Late Great Gold Dust, push past testing out the waters and into a resplendent territory that finds Pierce embracing an auburn glow. The first single from the album takes inspiration from Pentagle, in particular Jansch’s dulcimer playing, though this is no Anglican folk workout. Over a constantly nodding strum, Pierce finds a kind of buzzing raga, thickened in the Northeastern sun until it hums with an energy that fills the room as it tumbles from the speakers. As the song nears its close the acoustic strums turn towards a fried electric peak, a psych-folk closer that crackles with life. Each single from the upcoming album will be released as a limited lathe cut backed with a cover and “Proof of Life” pairs up with a cover of Karen Dalton’s “Something on Your Mind” that gives the song a touch of growl that’s not usually present. The new album is out November 4th from Centripetal Force.
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