golin (jp)

Saturday 17/11 — 23:00

🔮🇯🇵j-post pop


label: midlife / genome 6.66

Right after it was released, Golin’s record “Momo” spent a few weeks on our desktop before it was opened. We weren’t so much into the first record plus we had attended what we thought was an unconvincing performance at a friend’s flat and we were about to leave it at that. But you know how it is: if a friend sends you music, you must give it a try.

The shock was gradual but intense. Either Golin got from caterpillar to butterfly or we just weren’t ready for her the first time (more likely), we’ll never know. What we know is that we listened to the record once, twice and before we knew it it was on heavy rotation for months.

Playful, diverse and incredibly well produced, Golin draws obvious influences from her young Japanese years and background but takes all that in a totally unexpected direction. Partly synthetic pop, partly grime, Golin’s music wouldn’t sound weird alongside the Londoners of Gobstopper / Boxed Ldn: there’s a strong sense of space in her material and you feel there’s a lot of room for her different voices to breathe. Live, she’s able to start with a music box melody only to finish with a funfair kind of vibe, taking the audience for a wild ride. We’ll more than happily join this ride and never again let an EP freeze on our desktop. Just in case.

a SHAPE concert held with the support of the European Union (Creative Europe)