if you’ve frequented the dimestore over the past couple of years, you know that we’ve traced the trajectory of detroit duo gosh pith since their inception. josh smith and josh freed, two childhood friends who reconnected in 2014, have two acclaimed eps under their belts and are now turning their attention towards their debut full-length.
the pair teased a primer last month in the form of “in my car,” a sparse, chilly cut that functions as an apt distillation of their ethos, perhaps the clearest definition of their cosmic trap yet. gosh pith’s latest single, “true blue,” is maximalist in comparison; the crunchy guitar chords found throughout previous efforts make a prominent return, and the lyrics are far more transparent, their intentions downright overt.
there’s still scant information about a title and release date for the new gosh pith album, but we’ll latch onto this track’s effortless hook in the interim. take a listen to “true blue” below.
rekindled friendships can prove fruitful in a multitude of ways. childhood chums josh smith and josh freed reconnected two years ago and quickly began writing the material that would comprise gosh pith’s first ep, the standout window. the detroit duo showed an early propensity for mashing rigid beats against a combination of crooning vocals and angular guitar, forging a self-described cosmic trap that permeated their follow-up, this year’s gold chain ep.
after touring in support of their nascent yet infectious discography, smith and freed decamped to work on a new batch of tunes. “in my car” is the first taste, its frosty, minimalist beat snapping resolutely underneath smith’s cavernous lead vocal. the track feels surprisingly comforting despite its chilly first impressions, a testament to gosh pith’s ability to write hooks with an inherent amount of warmth and tenderness. take a listen to “in my car” below.
detroit duo gosh pith will follow up their excellent 2015 debut ep, windows, with gold chain, out friday via b3sci records. we heard the ep’s title track back in december and “k9” at the top of this month, and now gosh pith have let go of “new balance,” a swirling track featuring additional vocals by martez claybren that reads as their most abstract and dissonant effort to date. take a listen to “new balance” below.
detroit duo gosh pith navigated through a cosmic traphouse on their debut ep, window, earlier this year, extracting tenets of indie rock and dance music to craft a more contemporary strain of blue-eyed soul. gosh pith will release another collection of songs early next year; “gold chain,” the first offering from that as-yet untitled ep, is a succinct love song of sorts. a bit understated in comparison to the duo’s previous output, “gold chain” relies heavily on the juxtaposition of full, rolled guitar chords against busy, subdivided drums to supply all of the adequate pockets through which the vocal melody ebbs and flows. take a listen to the track below.
detroit duo gosh pith operate within a genre of music that they refer to as cosmic trap, an ambiguous tag that places very few limitations on their sonic palate. their new track “prints” is a stark departure from their previous material, trading the heavy syncopation of “smoke bellow” and the sultry minimalism of “window” for straight-ahead rhythms and a strong emphasis on trebly guitar lines. with no album or ep on the horizon, it appears as if gosh pith is trying their collective hand at various components of the contemporary pop idiom and wildly succeeding with each attempt. listen to “prints” below.
detroit’s gosh pith are back with their third standalone offering, “window,” a sultry track that slinks with ease thanks to its liquid bass line. the duo’s fresh take on r&b is especially augmented here by heavily delayed vocals and jangly guitar chords perched perfectly atop the mix. we’re waiting eagerly for an ep or a full-length from these guys. check out “window” below.