Terrible Sons Release “You Are the Gold” From Upcoming EP ‘Mass’
October 12, 2020 BY Nettwerk
“Terrible Sons’ seductive new song captures a gilded sliver of this inner process at work…A tender outpouring of heartwarming alt-folk, ‘You Are the Gold’ is a sweetly hypnotic expression of love, personal growth, and connection.” – Atwood Magazine
New Zealand husband/wife duo Terrible Sons will release their new EP Mass on February 12, 2021, and today they share infectious lead single “You Are the Gold,” which lyrically contains the emotional weight of a love song while musically exuding the energy of a dance track. The standout electric guitar, which is rare for the pair, brings a shimmering magnetic quality as the piano riff carries through to the end, highlighting their indie pop roots.
It’s clear from the start that an evolution has taken place with Terrible Sons’ new EP Mass. From taking cues from folk tradition by singing their own version of a protest song to involving each other in their writing processes early on, Mass establishes a stronger connection between Terrible Sons and the world at large, while also signifying a more cohesive sound thanks to their more connected writing partnership. Producer Tom Healy (Tiny Ruins) took the organic, analog, and acoustic sounds Terrible Sons are known for, and warped them to a perfect degree of idiosyncrasy — harmonies were played in reverse and stacked, brass and organ made appearances, and layers of percussion were added for a louder, more dynamic rhythmic texture.
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The accompanying video for “You Are the Gold” was directed/edited by band friend Dan Watson and funded by NZONAIR. The band says the idea for the video was “inspired by a kid’s kaleidoscope and how beautiful and trippy a few shards of glass or plastic beads can be.”
Mass was made in true collaborative spirit, between friends and family, and it comes at a time when collectivity has never been more relevant. At its core, Mass is about resilience, about making your voice heard, even if it seems the world isn’t listening.
Terrible Sons is the moniker for husband/wife duo Matthew and Lauren Barus, who work and live with their two children in an intentional community near Christchurch, NZ. While the music they’ve made in the past has reflected the intimate and bucolic warmth that wraps around their family, Terrible Sons has never shied away from revealing the more vulnerable feelings that define us all: heartbreak, loneliness, exhaustion.
Stay tuned for more details on Mass.