Golden Donna is relatively new to the scene, with Wisconsin producer Joel Shanahan releasing his debut only last year. If you check out Discogs, or his Bandcamp which is linked below, he has four solo releases including this self-titled LP. I would be a little hesitant to call this an LP with this containing only five songs, but what Golden Donna lacks in song number it makes up for in song length and content. After the strong intro track “Arctic Mind Control,” the song length for the following four is 5+ minutes each. Shanahan knows how to create a groove, that is slightly wintry just like his home state and this gorgeous album cover. The sounds on this could fit in Drive. This is music made for the night. Check out the Bandcamp stream of Golden Donna below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Madison’s insular lineage of longform sonic reducers replenishes and mutates at an impressive clip, so it’s both no surprise as well as a real treat to offer up the debut LP by one of the city’s freshest next-wave arc welders, Golden Donna. The solo soundworld of instrumental synthesizer artisan Joel Shanahan, GD incorporates a drained rainbow of niche hues into its multiverse: epicly tranced sequencer constructs (“Shifter”), smooth-glide R&B solar flares (“Paulding Light”), glittering deep-space isolationist drift-symphonies (“Infinite Earths,” “Flashing Hands Of Carousel”), etc. The effortless interplay between slick rhythm syrups (seriously, check out the session bass and moonlight yacht licks on “Paulding Light”) and more ambient-style body awareness float trips gives the record an awesomely woozy in-and-out-of-focus feel, and a sort of weightless ghosting motion, like slow-coasting through clouds on codeine on a private jet. Grab a window seat. Ripe for repeat freefalls through its unearthly atmospheres. Recorded at Babe Lair in Madison, Wisconsin in Autumn 2011. Black vinyl LPs in smeary city sky-photo jackets designed by Brave Mysteries CEO Nate Ritter. Edition of 465.

Price $10

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