April 2nd, 2010 | by CASEY JARMAN Music | Posted In: Cut of the Day

LEAK: Gold Halo Photograph, "Answers" (Unreleased)

Zach Boyle / Gold Halo PhotographZach Boyle may have helped bring two fine Portland bands—Super XX Man and A Weather—to prominence (there may be more, as this man works discreetly), but he refuses to quit there. With his Gold Halo Photograph project, Boyle stays in the same sleepy pop arena that the aforementioned bands often inhabit—but he's experimenting with unconventional orchestration and defining his own voice (we hear a bit of Elliott Smith and maybe a dab of Billy Corgan shining through) with the new project, as evidenced here by "Answers." The slide guitar bits and lo-fi synth drums give it a feel all its own, as does that dulcimer sound that comes in about halfway through the track. We'll be interested to see how this project comes together—Boyle is currently putting a band together—as some of his other tunes have had a wicked Nick Drake writing nursery rhymes kinda feel to them.

[audio:answerszb.mp3]

Links:
Previous COTD on Zach Boyle
Gold Halo PhotographSpace
Gold Halo PhotographBook

Image courtesy of Zach Boyle.
 
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