GOLDEN CHAMPAGNE FLAVORED SWEATSHIRT

GOLDEN CHAMPAGNE FLAVORED SWEATSHIRT

GOLDEN CHAMPAGNE FLAVORED SWEATSHIRT

GOLDEN CHAMPAGNE FLAVORED SWEATSHIRT With “Human Animal Chimera” GOLDEN CHAMPAGNE FLAVORED SWEATSHIRT offers a blistering, slow-building rhythmic forward synth and drum track with various unheard and unique textures churning heavily in the background to create a thick, warm, but  slightly unsettling blanket to cloak your ears in as the track progresses into a darker, more sinister climax.  The drums are sharp and steady, militant, and pummeling, sitting perfectly in the mix to create a high tension blend of industrial, dubbed-out industrial forward banger. The bombastic drums create a stabbing and calculated backbone for the synth and other sonic parts to rattle this heavy and brooding sonic machine just as it’s ready to attack. Pummeling bass drums and toms hammer away as a symphony of buzzing synthesizers creating a refreshing concoction of dissonant, yet unified and very well gelled sound. The sound of GCFS is both dark and complex while retaining a unique cinematic edge, which is often missing in more traditional forms of dance and industrial music. Sputtering and groaning synthesizers,  chirping sharp noise blasts and mangled voice samples create the sounds of animals and humans being glued and stapled together in a twisted, primitive lab, which sounds morbid, and yet, I can’t turn it off, I just want to hear more, and this is the fifth go around for this track for me in writing the review. This sounds great in headphones, but I can only yearn for this track to be blaring in a club akin to the blood rave scene from Blade. I wasn’t able to find much on this project but follow their Bandcamp and pick up the tracks that are there, you WILL NOT be disappointed. Heavy electronic music tracks are a dime a dozen, these days, but  Golden Champagne Flavored Sweatshirt brings hope for those of us who want our dance music, dark, heavy, and uniquely heavy. A really refreshing listen will be back for everything this project releases.

GOLDEN CHAMPAGNE FLAVORED SWEATSHIRT Expectant

GOLDEN CHAMPAGNE FLAVORED SWEATSHIRT

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Producer, Multi-disciplinary artist and curator, Golden Champagne Flavored Sweatshirt has announced her debut full length record, titled “Expectant” available for preorder now, and set to release on November 20, 2020 on Oakland based imprint Ratskin Records​. GCFS has crafted seven songs of futuristic, electronic-based soundscapes.. The tracks on “Expectant” span from psychedelic post-industrial chaos to more minimalist, hypnotic ambient soundscapes. The closing track, “Animals Calling Animals” perhaps the album's most visceral composition creates an intense fever-dream like climax compared to more hypnotic, ambient tracks such as “Pyroclastic Flows”. Without ever losing focus, or a central theme of distance space, and surrealism, the sounds of “Expectant” create an unwavering investigation of distortion and sound; bringing the listener into a tense and psychedelic journey. The themes of duality present throughout this record cannot be ignored. “Expectant” is at once, both aggressive and comforting, overwhelming and peaceful, terrifying and beautiful. With hammering, blistering eruptions of percussion carefully layered over dense worlds of buzzing,undulating synths, and layers of ripping twisting, organic sound-collages to boothe sound of “Expectant” is both explosive and new and carries these dualities throughout.

GCFS’s “Expectant” makes huge strides in both concept and feel from earlier self-released works, creating tracks that are both visceral and technically engaging, idiosyncratic and speak to layers of collective subconscious of sound. “Expectant” shines a highly-focused yet surreal lens into the despair and desperation of an entity in chaos. “Integrating the personal and political nature of creating art under capitalism has been an intense journey of self actualization. This is to remember these feelings, this time, this part of my story.” “The access and ability to create sound has been one of the most cathartic experiences I've had so far in life. Recording music has completely changed the way I approach other types of artistry; as well as shaping my relationship to self. “

Preorder on CD / CS Oct 2, , 2020 via Ratskin Records credits releases November 20, 2020

Bio: Golden Champagne Flavored Sweatshirt is an electronic music producer, curator, and multi disciplinary artist. Working with sound, video art, live and recorded performances across a myriad of disciplines and aesthetics. As an artist, cultural contributor and advocate for Black creatives; GCFS connects artists across mediums to create meaningful cultural exchange. Golden Champagne Flavored Sweatshirt has performed at Voltage Drop Industrial Danceclub, Pro Arts Gallery Hybrid Series, International Noise Conference , STASIS Festival of Sound, KFJC 89.7FM and is featured on ROGUE PULSE/GRAVITY COLLAPSE compilation.

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PRESS

"Expectant" Premiere/Review in The THE WIRE: Adventures in Modern Music - April 2021 

 

"Expectant" Premiere/Review in EARS TO FEED - Nov 2020 

"GCFS exhibits the more wholly experimental side to the project on “Sea Creatures,” with curious percussive prodding and roomy keys creating a netherworld devoid of humanity and humanity’s problems. It’s truly a weightless reprieve, with its low gurgles and quickly wavering sounds floating alongside us, combing the water with our whole being. Out of the obscurity comes a kicking 1-2-3 of drums, but it’s no disturbance—she has already achieved perfect peace. And it carries over onto “Pyroclasmic Flows,” with thick, infinitely effected synth swells progressing to an irresistible beat, the most unassuming club music to which you’ve ever found yourself dancing. It’s urgent, yet totally enjoyable, with an unparalleled warbly airiness, until everything seems to trail off one by one, like an automobile running out of gas, and then losing a tire, and then the engine falls out entirely."

"Expectant" Premiere/Review in ASTRAL NOIZE  -  Oct 2020 

 "It’s obvious just from listening that blood, sweat and tears have been poured into this album’s production. Each of the tracks function both on their own and as a whole. The record veers between sublime washes of downtempo techno beats over hypnotic, buzzsaw waves on tracks like ‘Sea Creatures’, whilst tracks like ‘Horsemouth’ jar the listener’s brain with snarling, crunchy waves of synth and skittering beats, though never suffer from this juxtaposition. Each track flows neatly into the next, perhaps because of the keen line of thinking behind Expectant’s hyperactive catharsis. Golden Champagne Flavoured Sweatshirt explains that “the personal and political nature of creating art under capitalism has been an intense journey of self actualisation. This is to remember these feelings, this time, this part of my story.”

"Expectant"  Review in The Tape Deck - Oct 2020 

"Expectant"  Review in The Seattle PI - Oct 2020 

"Expectant"  Review in Shi's Music Reviews - Oct 2020 

"Human Animal Chimera"  Track review in DECAYCAST Magazine- April  2020

"The sound of GCFS is both dark, and complex while retaining a unique cinematic edge, which is often missing in more traditional forms of dance and industrial music. Sputtering and groaning synthesizers,  chirping sharp noise blasts and mangled voice samples create the sounds of animals and humans being glued and stapled together in a twisted, primitive lab, which sounds morbid, and yet, I can’t turn it off, I just want to hear more, and this is the fifth go around for this track for me in writing the review. This sounds great in headphones, but I can only yearn for this track to be blaring in a club akin to the blood rave scene from Blade. I wasn’t able to find much on this project but follow their Bandcamp and pick up the tracks that are there, you WILL NOT be disappointed"

  

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