PLGRMS have announced the release of their anticipated second single ‘Fools and Their Gold’. The Australian duo are once again joined by Luke Davison on drums for another melodic off-centre piece of alt-pop. A sombre tone remains here; vocalist Jonathan Bowden explains this track is about ‘the inevitable end of a relationship’. Within the melancholic comes a wonderful melodrama, with brooding synth punctuating an altogether more organic percussive verse.
It is the final minute of the track that is altogether the most exciting in terms of sound and potential. Jonathan’s bruised, yearning vocal suddenly changes its tone to one of aggression, a helpless heartache as he yowls the choral hook. Meanwhile the guitars exaggerate in size and the synth envelopes almost everything else into a foreboding crescendo. This is a designed and dark piece of pop similar to contemporaries including SOHN, Hurts and Oh Wonder, showing that the pair clearly indulge in the dramatic and their style is startlingly apparent for an act with only two tracks. Along with the success of their debut track ‘Pieces’, this is yet another weapon in the pair’s growing arsenal building further excitement for a forthcoming EP.