It’s always a wondrous thing when music so fully-formed seemingly drops out of the sky, and Gold Fir‘s inaugural offering is just that. Shrouded in mystery, the London-based duo have announced themselves with a slick, sassy and soulful electro-pop banger that wraps elements of 80s disco, MTV era pop and the Drive soundtrack into its flawlessly cool four minutes. With the Santigold-ish single ‘Night Walk’ out now, we caught up with the mysterious musical duo to get the skinny on their sound.
‘Night Walk’ is awesome. How did the track come about?
“We had been working on tracks on the side for a while, and ‘Night Walk’ pretty much came out of a late night session. At that time, we were feeling inspired by a lot of things in our lives and so the flow was smooth and enjoyable.”
How did Gold Fir start out?
“We were living in the same university town and started collaborating on some course projects. The writing continued to happen after we’d finished studying as our bit of fun. All of a sudden, The Fir sessions became a regular fixture in our week, so we just continued to do it.”
What inspired your name?
“Our writing process has inspired the name. When we write together, we like to get a little lost in the worlds created by the sound. We love researching different stories and myths to create characters and alter egos that feel appropriate to the song and to our experience. We liked to refer to this process as getting lost in the fir, it can sometimes lead you down bizarre paths, but eventually you find the sweet spot.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“Between us, we have a lot of different influences. Right now, top 5 biggest influences on our sound are probably: Michael Jackson, Sampha, Tornado Wallace, Dev Hynes and Amy Winehouse”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“We’ve not played with them, but Franc Moody and Henry Wu are amazing live. We’d recommend you check them out.”
And finally, what does 2017 hold for Gold Fir?
“Rolling like thunder through the rings of Saturn. Mordor Mordor, Mordor. We can’t wait.”