Gold Star announces new album and shares two new songs
Los Angeles, CA’s Gold Star - a/k/a Marlon Rabenreither - today announced that his new album, Uppers & Downers, will be released on September 7, 2018 via Autumn Tone Records, and shares two new songs “Half The Time,” and “Chinatown.” Each song illustrates the dual sonic facets of the albums -- its ‘ups’ (“Half The Time”) and ‘downs’ (“Chinatown”). Uppers & Downers is now available for pre-save on Spotify HERE.
Uppers & Downers is stylistically and sonically like a collage, with its varied, timeless tracks each shining brightly as standalones, yet functioning together seamlessly as a whole. While the title refers to the highs and lows of life, the album also looks at everything in the spaces in-between. “The idea was to achieve a deeper scope, a more dynamic range: slow songs, fast songs, less genre specific, capturing all the moods,” says Rabenreither. Throughout, he draws from both his own life and conversations with friends to sing of the deeply personal and observational, with Los Angeles -- its beauty, dark side, distinct neighborhoods, and ever-changing nature -- serving as the rich, underlying connective tissue.
Uppers & Downers was recorded at Los Angeles’ historic Valentine Studios, recently renovated and reopened by Rabenreither’s producer friend, Nicolas Jodoin, and where artists including The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, and Jackson Brown have all made music. It was the first time he’d worked in such a large, professional space, let alone on such hallowed ground, and it compelled Rabenreither to push himself throughout the process, while Jodoin -- who had also worked on Gold Star’s 2012 debut -- proved indispensable in shaping the overall lush, vintage sound of Uppers & Downers. The album also features Cameron Avery of Tame Impala (piano on “This Is The Year”), and Cole Alexander and Zumi Rosow of Black Lips (on “Chinatown”).
Gold Star will head out on tour this summer before heading to UK shores for a London show at The Waiitng Room on October 29th, buy tickets here.
Read more about Gold Star in his bio HERE.
Uppers & Downers track listing:
1. Crooked Teeth
2. Half The Time
4. Baby Face
5. Uppers & Downers
6. This Is The Year
7. Dani’s In Love
8. Friday Nights
9. Does It Ever Get You Down
10. Get It Together (C’Mon)
11. Beneath The Wheels
12. Where I Will Be
Gold Star tour dates:
7/18 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall (w/Phoebe Bridgers)
8/05 - Country Waterford, IE @ All Together Now Festival
9/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Highland Park Ebell (Record release show)
10/24 - Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
10/29 - London, UK @ The Waiting Room
11/1 - Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Merelyn
11/2 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
11/3 - Groningen, Netherlands @ Take Root Festival
11/4 - Heerlen, Netherlands @ Southern Roots Festival