life without gosh pith feels almost unfathomable. the detroit duo have turned in consistently strong – and usually gorgeous – collages of soul-infused electronic music for the past few years, carving out their own niche of self-described “cosmic trap” before venturing beyond that genre’s rather ambiguous borders.
the joshes smith and freed are currently hashing out their debut full-length after two indelible extended plays; the as-yet untitled effort should see the light of day in 2017, and previous singles “in my car” and “true blue” have offered a faint glimpse of what the album has to offer.
gosh pith broadened that spectrum of possibilities today with “medusa,” a brief, downtempo new cut that leans heavily on subterranean bass thuds and a host of percussive timbres skittering around a steadfast vocal delivery. after a few listens, the dollar sign in the song’s title feels both quite topical and like a subtle homage. take a listen to “medusa” below.
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.
gosh pith will drop off their second ep, gold chain, at the end of the month via b3sci records. the duo’s amalgam of r&b, trap, and indie rock proves particularly effective in their latest single, “k9,” a slow-burning, bass-heavy jam with a purposeful half-time vocal hook delivered over the chorus. the track’s music video dropped today; in it, director shane patrick ford follows a young love triangle that experiences some seedier sides of detroit’s underground scene before heroically escaping. check out the clip for “k9” below.
detroit’s gosh pith are looking to follow up a fruitful 2015 debut with an even stronger, more refined body of work this year. the duo will release their gold chain ep february 26th via b3sci records; we sampled the title track in december, and today gosh pith offered up their latest single, “k9.” built around a jittery drum loop and contrasted by the duo’s now-signature penchant for raw guitar tones, “k9” reflects every tenet of gosh pith’s successful breach of their self-imposed cosmic trap, arriving in a field of frenetic, immediate r&b that’s still maintained with a surprising amount of tenderness. take a listen 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’s gosh pith have proved that genre confines are indeed a cosmic trap on their new ep window, a collection of the tracks they’ve been teasing over the past few months. the duo have shown just as strong of an affinity for jangly guitars as they have for deep, brooding synths, an aural dichotomy that helps window achieve a depth rarely displayed on first-time outings. gosh pith close out their debut effort with “vietnam junkie,” a previously unheard song that trades all of the sultry, mysterious precepts of their r&b experimentation for a more honest, unfiltered take on the genre. listen below.
detroit’s gosh pith continue to eschew the traditional album format in favor of a carefully curated series of singles doled out at the duo’s own pace. their latest effort, “child,” is a return to the nocturnal aura sprinkled across earlier cuts like “window” and “waves,” a woozy 6/8 drum loop swaying underneath swirling guitars and endless layers of delay-saturated vocals. 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.