Golden Donna follows his strong 2012 debut on Not Not Fun with an expansive second set on the like-minded 100% Silk imprint. Golden Donna is the solo project of Wisconsin journeyman guitarist Joel Shanahan, who swaps his acoustic for a stack of vintage keyboards and makes the sort of atmospheric, retro-futuristic soundscapes that are the specialty of his new label. Opener ‘Remember’ is Shanahan’s take on deep house, its euphoric synthline and surprisingly lively bass obscured by a thin cloud of haze. On ‘Pale Dream Rider’, layer after layer of gorgeous keyboard are laid over a slow-motion groove, while the riotous ‘Bloodsucker’ ups the energy and tempo without sacrificing melody.
- 1 Remember 5:34 Golden Donna Buy
- 2 Diamondheaded Girl 5:06 Golden Donna Buy
- 3 Pale Dream Rider 4:38 Golden Donna Buy
- 4 Auscultation 4:25 Golden Donna Buy
- 5 Bloodsucker 3:49 Golden Donna Buy
- 6 Empty Charm Vessel 5:55 Golden Donna Buy
- 7 Looking Glass Forest 5:19 Golden Donna Buy