Having been beautifully re-tooled by previous SR mixer, Blue Daisy, the mysterious ‘silverpop’ duo of Golau Glau have since collaborated with Ghost Box affiliates, The Advisory Circle and remixed artists from all across the spectrum of sound – though the two extremes of Frankie & The Heartstrings and Worriedaboutsatan spring to mind. Fond of anonymity we don’t know their names, we’ve no clue what they look like or if tabloid journalists will one day pull out all the stops to learn their Christian name, but we do know their music, described by the Guardian as “a mix of electronica and psychedelia, which recalls the ghostly indie of Broadcast and Stereolab.” And to employ a widely spread cliché, their sonic and visual experiments really do speak for themselves.
Piecing together material from shards of field recordings, synthetic explorations, electronic dabbling and radiophonics, they’re rightly hard to pin down, hence the self proclaimed ‘silverpop’ tag being floated with abandon. They flow from haunted, bewildering dream pop, in and out of densely layered sound collages to more beat led electronic productions, always sounding at ease with each new avenue.
As part of the Sonic Router re-launch, we managed to coax them out of the shadows not only talk about their texture heavy sound, inspirations and the processes they go through in its construction but also to premiere an exclusive EP. Somato is a seven track release that catches them in their most ‘electronic’ voice to date. Playing with found sounds, recordings of imposing medical equipment and their burgeoning hazy library archives it’s all shaped with layer upon layer of glinting haze.