Formed in 2002 by singer-composer-guitarist-keyboardist Shon Sullivan (Elliott Smith, Eels, the Rentals, Spain) and drummer Bryan Bos in suburban Diamond Bar, CA, Goldenboyâ€™s 2003 debut Blue Swan Orchestra was a KCRW favorite that featured guest vocals by Elliott Smith on â€œSummertimeâ€; Blue Swan has just been re-issued on the Eenie Meenie label, which also released the bandâ€™s Underneath the Radio in 2006 and Sleepwalker in 2011.
The New Familiar is Goldenboyâ€™s latest album, and plays like a fond voyage through the â€˜60s-â€˜90s classics canon. Yet in (non)traditional Goldenboy style itâ€™s loaded with sonic surprises â€“â€“ little twists of the unexpected chord here, an odd time signature there, and always the goosebumping wisp of instrumental texture. Tracks like â€œThe Walking Songâ€ with breathy voices astride keyboard/synth drafts that build with intensity, while the meditative â€œOne of My Moodsâ€ and lighthearted â€œToday Is the Dayâ€ and â€œSteal Your Faceâ€ flicker across Sullivan & Co.â€™s own ever-shifting emotional terrains.
Recorded and produced at Sullivanâ€™s Silverlake studio, The New Familiar saw the forever-touring band sharpening up songs theyâ€™d developed over the past two years. Theyâ€™ve created a piquant sound of quiet urgency and jovial buoyancy that owes both to the groupâ€™s affectionate, and ESP-like bond with each other.
â€œWe just keep going, and living in the moment,â€ says Sullivan. â€œWhen you do that, you become really happy.â€