Meet Gold Fields: They’re under-the-radar…but not for long.
Australia’s exploding with new bands these days: the Jezabels! Alpine! Tame Impala! If Oz is the new Brooklyn, Gold Fields are the latest to walk down the yellow brick road. The quartet plays guitar-driven indie-dance music that blends Bloc Party’s spiky intensity with the cinematic dance floor jams of Cut Copy. The band’s influences are clearly international: On their self-titled EP, “Holy No” grooves with Gorillaz-esque rhythms, while the shimmering “Tree House” nods to Swedish pop. They’re masters of the remix game as well, turning Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk” into a minimalist house banger and breathing synthesizer life into Yelle’s “Chimie Physique.” Put dudes on at your next party and expect to hear “What band is this?” five songs in a row.
Listen to Gold Fields after the jump.
The band’s “Dark Again” has notched nearly 20,000 SoundCloud plays thanks to its synth thump and king-size chorus, and fans aren’t the only ones who’ve taken notice. Gold Fields have gotten the approval of Astralwerks Records — the label behind indie-electro giants from Air to Hot Chip. The band’s debut album, Black Sun, lands Feb. 26, 2013, on the label. And they’ve been in good company on stage, playing shows with Crystal Castles and SBTRKT in recent months as well as touring with Diamond Rings.
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