November 1st, 2017
Wednesday November 1st, it was a quiet ride into the city with my good friend Frances as we had no idea of what we could encounter that night at Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox. What we came to find was an eccentric duo, each based in different taste but equipt with a collaborative and unselfish mindset; all the sounds mesh together in a melodically facile way. Leslie Scott and Andrew Valenti mold together, forming Holy Golden, self described as a “euphoric dream-pop with lo-fi garage rock” sound that focuses on the experience of music and less of a formulaic structure to their music, which allow for their audience to genuinely connect to Holy Golden’s music in a personal way. This concept was exemplified in their concert on a compact stage surrounded by fellow musicians and local bar/ music lovers. Ophelia’s amplified the intimacy felt in their songs by how, quite literally, you felt the music; they began with a ditty called “The Movie”, a beautifully personal song off their new EP The Licking River. The bass shook the two-tiered seating, the guitar and complexly layered pedal work danced through my head for days to come and with a full view of the band, the show felt like a personal screening from each angle, I’ve never had a concert experience so personal and neatly presented.
Holy Golden is a diverse duo, Scott hails from Detroit, Michigan while Valenti grew up in Martha’s Vineyard, where the two would end up meeting later in their careers. Denver was only the band’s second stop on their second US tour. The most exceptional aspect of Holy Golden is their fully-developed and versatile branding; equipped with an excellent website, at least seven music videos and two albums on their website and bandcamp, Holy Golden markets and brands themselves with effortless taste. Keep an eye out for this experienced and versatile duo, I can only expect more to come as Holy Golden continues to both define and defy expectations.