Plucked harps, guitar climaxes, and retro, European disco. Sonically rich and impressively realised: Harvest Of Gold is the highly anticipated debut album from Melbourne’s Gossling, 10 tracks of gorgeous pop songcraft, the gifted musicianship of singer/songwriter Helen Croome.
With Gossling’s boundless talent and that dreamy, startling voice, Harvest Of Gold marks the arrival of undoubtedly one of 2013’s best Australian releases. “Hopefully with this album the people who’ve only heard my singles will realise the extent of my songwriting,” says Helen, who signed to Dew Process in September 2012 following three acclaimed independent EPs: 2009 debut If You Can’t Whistle, 2010’s Until Then, and 2012’s Intentional Living. “I want listeners to stick with me as an artist, and enjoy the progression I’ve made.”
Front and centre across the Harvest Of Gold LP is Gossling’s magical voice – used to devastating effect on the heart-wrenching “Vanish”. Written in response to the death of Jill Meagher, Helen’s vocals were recorded at home, the intimate take capturing the effect the tragedy had on the singer. “I was angry for a long time,” says Helen, of lines like, “Should we see what he wrote on her face?”. “The security footage… I was affected by the fact that we saw some of her last moments. It was good it was put out there, but it also felt wrong, intrusive.”
Much more upbeat is vivid opener “Big Love”, with its joyous pop chorus, its lyrics spilling out in one hit from start to finish – “Probably my favourite song on the album,” Helen admits. The lazy lounge romance of Lee and Nancy-style “Songs Of Summer” is a co-write with Steve Parkin, and features Sparkadia’s Alex Burnett. Disco makes an appearance on “Challenge’, the first song written for the LP, while the baseline swagger of “Accolade” was crafted with the help of Alexander Gow, who Helen teamed up with during a stint at a writers’ retreat in Byron Bay.
Heartfelt, diverse, and seriously enchanting, Gossling’s debut album is the sound of an artist fully coming into her own. Easily one of 2013’s finest releases, Harvest Of Gold leaves an impact all its own.
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