3rd International Award for Best Music and Three New Interviews
Saturday, December 8th, 2018
Press Release – “Sway Lake” single
ART ROCK PERFORMER AND COMPOSER ETHAN GOLD RELEASES SOUNDTRACK AND VINYL 7” TO AWARD-WINNING FILM “THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE” (November 19, 2018) LOS ANGELES – Composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ethan Gold shares his latest collaboration with independent film director and twin brother Ari Gold, the soundtrack for the jazz-inspired drama, “The Song of Sway Lake.” Title tracks from the album feature vocals from American singer John Grant and English indie folk trio The Staves. Lakeshore Records released the soundtrack on all digital platforms. The album is also available on CD through Gold’s label Electrik Gold, who will release a limited 7” vinyl on Record Store Day, Friday, Nov. 23rd. The soundtrack opens with two versions of the title song: the Lost Record Version sung by Grant and the Big Band Version sung by The Staves, followed by the film’s romantic and ethereal score. After an intermission of Haitian jazz, listeners are treated to ‘Sketches of Sway’ — Gold’s otherworldly finales, alternate arrangements, and sound experiments inspired by the film. Two intimate demos of the title track, sung by Ethan Gold, complete the album. “The Song of Sway Lake” details the last summer of the aristocratic Sway family on the lake that bears their name. The musically-inspired drama sees Ollie Sway (Rory Culkin) travel with his Russian drifter friend, Nikolai (Robert Sheehan), to the fictional Sway Lake. The film also features Mary Beth Peil, narration by Brian Dennehy, and Elizabeth Peña in her final role. “The two male leads, and the grandmother, have all replaced grief with a burdensome nostalgia,” Ethan describes. “The instrumental score itself is like a higher perspective for the lost characters. It’s the silent water of the lake, the ghosts of the father and grandfather, and the dark energy of the forest.” Ethan Gold first stepped into public consciousness when he produced and arranged Elvis Perkins’ blog-hyped “Ash Wednesday.” Between moonlighting as bass player in his brother’s celebrity-driven folk party band the Honey Brothers and in San Francisco literary rock project the Size Queens, Ethan scored his twin’s debut feature “Adventures of Power.” Since then he released his debut art rock album “Songs from A Toxic Apartment”. While completing the score and songs for “The Song of Sway Lake”, Ethan recently released a pair of idiosyncratic albums — “Live Undead Bedroom Closet Covers,” and the naive-electronic “Expanses (Teenage Synthstrumentals),” through Electrik Gold. http://ffm.to/swaylake www.EthanGold.com www.SwayLake.com
Sunday, November 18th, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – THE SONG OF SWAY LAKE (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)
ETHAN GOLD The Song of Sway Lake (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — Released digitally through Lakeshore Records, with CD and vinyl from Electrik Gold. Ari Gold’s film of grieving, coming of age, and the decline of American aristocracy is beautifully scored by his twin brother Ethan Gold, who worked to complete his score and original songs on either side of a head injury. Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary-Beth Piel, Isabelle McNally, Elizabeth Peña, and Jack Falahee star. To match this tale of generations of a family, set in the golden light of late summer on the Adirondack lake that bears their name, Ethan Gold’s score and title song create a quietly interwoven emotional force, driven by water, silence, and both nostalgia for and release of the past. The album. Part 1: The Song of Sway Lake contains the full film score in sequence. Two radically different versions of Ethan’s original title song open. ‘Sway Lake (Lost Record Version)’, sung by the inimitable John Grant, is arranged to sound as it’s described in the film: a secret recording of the composer singing with a small group of his friends on the eve the US entry into the War, pressed onto 78 and given to the glamorous Charlie and Hal Sway on their wedding day. This is followed by ‘Sway Lake (Big Band Version)’, sung by the stellar trio of English sisters The Staves. As it’s told in the film, this version was a big hit after the War, with all the razzle-dazzle, pride, and arrogance of America in the late 40s. The score, like the film, is contemplative, romantic, and bittersweet. Sparse and piano-driven, there are also shades of otherworldliness and dread from the trumpet of Jon Hassell and paintbrush guitar of Fred Frith. The longings of the bitter young Ollie, the charismatic Russian Nikolai, the grand and pretentious Charlie, and the ghosts of the ‘piano-playing war hero’ Hal Sway and his record-collector son Timmy echo and mingle through the grand lodge, and out on the quiet lake under both sun and moon. After an intermission of Haitian big band music from the 1950s, we are treated to Part 2: Sketches of Sway, containing string arrangements, abandoned finales, and haunting sketches of the themes that ended up comprising the final score. Bringing us full circle, the record closes with two of Ethan’s demos of the song ‘Sway Lake’.
Friday, September 21st, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – EXPANSES (TEENAGE SYNTHSTRUMENTALS)
Ethan Gold ‘Expanses (Teenage Synthstrumentals)’ album, July 27, Electrik Gold. In preparation for the true follow-up to his debut studio album ‘Songs from a Toxic Apartment’, Los Angeles-based performer/composer/producer Ethan Gold releases ‘Expanses (Teenage Synthstrumentals)’, the other bookend to his recovery from a head injury, sitting opposite his recent release ‘Live Undead Bedroom Closet Covers’. A different kind of plumbing of the depths of his musical awakenings, ‘Expanses’ is a record made in Ethan’s teenage basement, of gurgling, murky, flawed lo-fi ‘synthstrumental’ paintings, which bear no resemblance to the electronic music of today. Organic synthesizers hand-played and 4-track recorded, with titles that reflect Ethan’s longing for the natural world, with references to lizards, insects, and mossy pools. On occasion playful and driven by primitive drum machines, now and again teeming with life as if the synths were giving birth to algae and tadpoles, the album journeys through imagined landscapes of Earth and ends, in the last two tracks, in a cold and lonely place… For the uninitiated: Gold, native son of San Francisco, grew up in the hangover that followed free love - son of Beat-adjunct writer Herbert Gold - and was raised with various step-families by his mother Melissa, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash with the legendary rock promoter Bill Graham. For Ethan, the escape was always into his songs and the dreams where he hears them. After producing and arranging Elvis Perkins’ blog-hyped Ash Wednesday, moonlighting as bass player in his brother Ari’s folk party band the Honey Brothers with Entourage star Adrian Grenier on drums, and scoring his twin’s feature Adventures of Power, Ethan quietly self-released his debut in America to underground acclaim: “...brilliant cover versions...urgent and intense...” Shindig “...unhinged, but weirdly compelling...” Uncut “Emotions delivered with an unfiltered, glaring legibility” Pitchfork “...packed with his very own variety of passionate grunge-folk, his underplayed vocal style only adding to the appeal of the whole.” The Arts Desk “The most interesting record I’ve listened to in the past 5 years.” Rock N Roll Experience “Haunted” Glide Magazine “Amazing” Revolt While working on his next film score in New York, Ethan fell in a freak accident at a warehouse, sustaining a significant head injury. He lost the ability to speak and to do complex tasks like sound engineering and found himself returning to his childhood influences and writing even more.
Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Early Press from Live Undead Bedroom Closet Covers
Thursday, April 5th, 2018
Radio archive of interviews with Ethan
An archive of some radio interviews with Ethan - about Songs from a Toxic Apartment, the soundtrack to The Song of Sway Lake, and more, has been posted on Ethan's SoundCloud.
Monday, April 2nd, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – LIVE UNDEAD BEDROOM CLOSET COVERS
Ethan Gold Live Undead Bedroom Closet Covers Digital — Mar 30 2018, Physical April 2018 Whilst recovering from an injury and preparing the true follow-up to his debut Songs from a Toxic Apartment, Los Angeles-based performer/composer/producer Ethan Gold releases Live Undead Bedroom Closet Covers, a mostly earnest, at times cheeky album of live home recordings of some of his favourite music. Most tracks were performed employing looping and filmed with a camera strapped to the walls of his bedroom closet in the flat he escaped to after the ‘toxic apartment’. This is not your usual covers collection, rather a raw, full-colour snapshot of the working process of one of the rising American underground artists to watch. While working on his next film score in New York, Ethan fell in a freak accident at a warehouse, sustaining a significant head injury. He lost the ability to speak and to do complex tasks like sound engineering and found himself returning to his childhood influences and writing even more. During this ‘rebirth’, Ethan has been digging up an album of synth-strumental paintings, completing this collec-tion of live covers, and finishing the score to the upcoming The Song of Sway Lake, with his songs being sung by John Grant and the Staves. Track by Track according to the artist himself… /over 1. Ramases - ‘Balloon’ I was asked by some friends to contribute to a tribute to the late great English cult psych band Ramases. I hadn’t heard them before, but went deep into their spirit, and converted their jangly visionary rock into something wobblier. The world has gotten wobblier since the 70s. You can’t play bass, sing, and play multiple recorders at the same time, and the song structure isn’t looping-friendly, so this is the only non-live track on this album. 2. Talking Heads - ‘Born Under Punches’ I don’t know what this song ‘means’ but a well-functioning brain like David Byrne’s soothes me, (and by the way, has anyone else noticed that Brian Eno is an easy anagram of ‘One Brain’?). Like many of these tracks, this was a 4am affair, so the whole feel is softer than how Talking Heads usually played it. 3. Empire of the Sun - ‘Walking on a Dream’ / Tom Petty - ‘Learning to Fly’ Tom Petty (RIP) got mad at corporations stealing his music, not at musicians who did it without realizing it. I noticed the chord progression in ‘Walking on a Dream’ was identical to ‘Learning to Fly’, and the two songs felt like they shared hope as well, so I medleyed them. 4. The Knife - ‘Forest Families’ The great, gloomy brother-sister duo I imagined in dark cold Swedish nights, heat on high, lights on low. Raised in different wreckage than I, but we all escaped into music. I fell in love with keyboards again doing this. I read that Olof used FM synthe-sis, but I took my Juno-60 arpeggiator to a twin place. 5. Bauhaus - ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ I once saw Daniel Ash outside a corner store in Topanga Canyon, he on a motorcycle and I on a bicycle. Which is a good met-aphor for this version next to the original. Acoustic guitar & harmonica are pretty un-goth, but my dim closet would have made perfect bat’s quarters. 6. Hair - ‘The Flesh Failures’ The composers were older than baby boomers, but I blame the boomers for a lot of weird parenting. On the bright side, my mother used to play the soundtrack to Hair. In the play, this song is triumphant and heartbreaking, with a huge cast shouting the climax. Alone it’s alienated, but some sunshine came through the electricity. 7. New Order - ‘Age of Consent’ A gateway drug to the Cold War and a balm for the burning blue soul. Kraftwerk made by humans. A pretty faithful arrange-ment here since New Order’s grey sound is such a part of my love for them. My first time making loops live. I mess up towards the end of the video version & give a guilty look, but Sumner generally looks a tad upset when he plays, so it’s ok. 8. The Byrds - ‘I Am a Pilgrim’ I confess I barely know the Byrds. Someone asked me to cover this song. I guess I’m psychically beating up hippies & Califor-nia again. I was listening to a lot of Einstürzende Neubauten at the time, which you might hear in the one-note bass. 9. Nirvana - ‘Floyd the Barber’ I think I read in Nick Soulsby’s book that Kurt wrote this off-the-cuff, but it seemed like a real explosion of childhood rage, which spoke to me. I loved that Melvins-y early Nirvana. Sludgy riffs, so satisfying to play on guitar, but at this point in history an old keyboard with a right hand & a drum machine punched live with a left felt more unhinged. 10. Devo - ‘Gut Feeling’ With a new short haircut, it had to happen. ‘Are We Not Men’ was one of the first vinyl albums I stared at as a kid. I used to shake it from side to side, making that goofy head dance. The most athletic performance on this record. I had to rehearse a lot to get all the instrument switches. 11. Of Montreal - ‘The Past is a Grotesque Animal’ Another one where the original arrangement is so right I just cover it faithfully, other than scrambling some of my life into the words. This long song works well for loop-making, since the instruments come in one gradually & the chords repeat. I had the bass on a shelf, and to get it all in frame I strapped the camera into the upper corner of the closet and used a wide angle, which made it look way more spacious. 12. Bauhaus - ‘Bela Lugosi’s FunMachine is Undead’ A friend had a FunMachine. Such a large instrument for such an absurd sound. My brother Ari made an equally absurd video for this — we snuck into an upscale hipster hotel in downtown LA and I played their ironic organ until we were asked to leave. I wonder if they ironically spray asbestos into the cottage cheese ceilings, to really nail that retro chic. My apologies to Bau-haus, it’s not their fault.
Friday, March 30th, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – Adventures of Power (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Re-Release
Ethan's first soundtrack album, to his brother Ari Gold's epic comedy Adventures of Power, has been repackaged for digital, and will be distributed through Burnside Distribution and the Orchard. The album, recorded between Ethan's work producing Elvis Perkins and playing bass for the Honey Brothers, and Ethan's release of debut Songs from a Toxic Apartment, is more a companion piece to the film, reimagined as a musical. 40 varied tracks encompassing score pieces evoking classic films of the American west, as well as a wide range of original rock and pop songs tweaked to match the ridiculousness of a film about air-drummers. Come for the mock-80s power ballads and beautiful vignettes, stay for the Algerian Rai music, Mexican death metal, and cheese-funk.
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Songs from a Toxic Apartment US Re-release
Monday, January 1st, 2018
Essential New Music – Sunday Times
Songs from a Toxic Apartment, self-released in the US and finally released this month in the UK, was listed in this week's Sunday Times as ESSENTIAL NEW MUSIC, along with Björk, U2, and Sufjan Stevens.
The BBC will be spinning "Why Don't You Sleep?" from the album - fans please request the song.
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
PRESS RELEASE – SONGS FROM A TOXIC APARTMENT – UK / EUROPE RELEASE NOV 24
Ethan Gold ‘Songs From a Toxic Apartment’ November 24 Gold Records/SRD Ethan Gold’s ‘Songs From a Toxic Apartment’ finally sees a European release on November 24, 2017. Like an underbelly of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Songs From a Room’, Gold’s debut is a tactile journey through the toxicity of memory. Where Justin Vernon escaped to the woods, Ethan Gold escaped deeper into the city, recording and mixing alone in a collapsing building in the wastelands of Los Angeles. Gold, native son of San Francisco, grew up in the hangover that followed free love - son of Beat-adjunct writer Herbert Gold - and was raised with various step-families by his mother Melissa, who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash with the legendary rock promoter Bill Graham. For Ethan, the escape was always into his songs and the dreams where he hears them. After producing and arranging Elvis Perkins’ blog-hyped ‘Ash Wednesday’, moonlighting as bass player in his brother Ari’s folk party band the Honey Brothers with Entourage star Adrian Grenier on drums, and scoring his twin’s feature ‘Adventures of Power’, Ethan quietly self-released his debut in America to underground acclaim: “Emotions delivered with an unfiltered, glaring legibility” - Pitchfork “The most interesting record I’ve listened to in the past 5 years.” - Rock N Roll Experience “Haunted” - Glide Magazine “Amazing” - Revolt He then began rolling out a series of videos from the album showcasing his visceral approach. While working on his next film score in New York, Ethan fell in a freak accident at a warehouse, sustaining a significant head injury. He lost the ability to speak and to do complex tasks like sound engineering and found himself returning to his childhood influences and writing even more. During this ‘rebirth’, Ethan dug up an album of synth-strumental paintings, completed a collection from live covers of some of his favorite songs, and finished the score to the upcoming ‘The Song of Sway Lake’, with his songs being sung by John Grant and the Staves. The follow-up album - due for release next year - the multipart epic ‘Earth City’ will include his evergreen romantic-political anthem ‘Our Love is Beautiful’, currently racking up millions of views on fan uploads on YouTube. While we wait for his new music and his return to live performing, we are proud to be introducing Ethan’s sweet & raw subterranean ‘Songs From a Toxic Apartment’ to the hearts of Europe.
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
Cabin 56 Gallery comeback show sold out
Ethan will be playing his first solo show in LA since his head injury, singing songs about the woods, in a gallery in a cabin in the woods. Blog post from the curator and an interview with Ethan here. The show is SOLD OUT but you can read about the space.
Friday, September 29th, 2017
Norway festival and show
Ethan will be in Haugesund, at the Norwegian International Film Festival for screenings of The Song of Sway Lake, featuring Ethan's score with his songs sung by John Grant and the Staves, Aug 18-23. On Aug 23 Ethan will be playing solo as direct opener for Egil Olsen's record release show in Oslo at Rockefeller Music Hall.
Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Nirvana Writer Covers Ethan’s Nirvana Cover
Nick Soulsby, author of I Found My Friends, has a Nirvana blog, and covered Ethan's cover of "Floyd the Barber" and more here.
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
“Cover Me” Covers “Bedroom Closet Covers”
Monday, August 31st, 2015
Our Love is Beautiful Global Video
Ethan is currently solo travelling around the globe, making the official video for "Our Love is Beautiful" by filming people speaking the words of his song. The video is being filmed entirely on an iPhone 6, along with fan submissions. You can keep up with or read about the trip at the blog.
Monday, April 13th, 2015
Sway Lake in Progress
Ethan is still in New York. He is not singing yet but he is able to compose again and is completing the score for his brother Ari (real human, not a tv character)’s new film, working-titled Sway Lake, starring Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, and Mary Beth Peil. The score will be is a mix of beautiful piano melodies, unearthly ambient sound, and 1930s jazz, to accompany this story of young record collectors.
Friday, September 19th, 2014
Ethan is travelling incognito, in psychical preparation for renewal. Recently he stopped in Sweden for some dream time, and in Palm Springs to walk on as a pool boy opposite the great Justin Vivian Bond in a new video for Ethan’s new favorite band the Size Queens, whom he has been playing bass and some guitar.
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Royal Flush video premiere and interview
Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Jigsaw Magazine talks with Ethan about music, mood, and nightspots.
Jigsaw Magazine talks with Ethan about music, mood, and nightspots.
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
New video premiere in American Songwriter
Friday, December 20th, 2013
Ethan recovering in New York
re Ethan's head injury which was discussed and re-discussed on Facebook - Ethan is still not speaking but recovering and practicing walking. Friends who know his brother Ari are encouraged to write to him for updates.
Sunday, November 10th, 2013
“That (Reprise)” Video Premiere via Consequence Of Sound
The first video directed by Ethan's brother Ari Gold, and starring Torsten Voges (the Big Lebowski).
Shot guerrilla-style in downtown LA. Thanks to Consequence Of Sound for premiering the video.
Thursday, October 25th, 2012
“To Isis Sleeping” Premiere on Baeblemusic.com
"If you don't know him, Ethan Gold is a singer-songwriter out of Los Angeles with a classic sound of melancholy. Think Elliot Smith, but less depressing." See the post by Andrew Gruttadaro on baeblemusic.com.
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Ethan Gold Interview by WGMU
Listen to Hugo interviewing Ethan on WGMU below. Other radio interview downloads available upon request.
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Ethan Gold on Black Squirrel Radio
Ethan recently spoke with The Verse's DJ Smyles on Kent State's Black Squirrel Radio about his many adventures in music--from recording and producing to scoring films made by his brother--and his new album, Songs From A Toxic Apartment. To hear the radio broadcast, click here.
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
LA Weekly Feature: Ethan Gold’s Art and Tragedy
"Last January saw the release of singer-songwriter Ethan Gold's debut, Songs From a Toxic Apartment. The title wasn't a metaphor. His Fairfax abode was a literal cesspool, festering with flaking asbestos, decaying carpets, chronic gas leaks and mattress-occupying larvae. Gold originally was attracted to the place because of its low rent, but by the time the Department of Public Health stepped in, he had to wear a gas mask in order to retrieve his belongings...." Read the whole story by Chris Walker for LA Weekly. LA_Weekly - Ethan Golds Art and Tragedy
Friday, January 27th, 2012
Ethan Gold on BU In The Morning
Ethan interviewed on BU In The Morning (WTBU Boston University)
Monday, December 5th, 2011
“A Little Like You” for the film Adventures of PowerEthan's soundtrack for his brother Ari Gold's film Adventures of Power has a lot of strange songs, but "A Little Like You" may be the silliest. Ari wanted obnoxious new country meets pop punk with a little poison spice of suburban rap. Adrian Grenier lip synced to Ethan's country-pop-rap vocals. You can get this and the whole soundtrack here.
Monday, October 10th, 2011
Ethan Gold DJ set on KUCI: the Sound Session
Ethan Gold talks to Rita and guest DJs on The Sound Session, KUCI 88.9 FM on Thursday, August 18, 2011.
Thursday, August 18th, 2011
ASCAP Audio Portrait of Ethan Gold
ASCAP's highly-acclaimed Audio Portraits series gives listeners unique insight into the creative process, as told by the writers themselves.... Listen to their Audio Portrait of Ethan.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Ethan Gold mentioned on WLUR 91.5 in Lexington, Virginia
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
Behind The Beat Discussion of “Songs From A Toxic Apartment”
Listen to the interview and exploration of Ethan's Songs from a Toxic Apartment by Steve Rosenfeld at Behind the Beat.
Monday, July 11th, 2011
Ethan Gold interview with WMVL
"WMVL had the great privilege of interviewing the fabulous up and coming artist Ethan Gold. Ethan Gold is a musician from Los Angeles who has recently released his album “Songs from a Toxic Apartment” which we love here at WMVL and recommend highly." Click to read the whole interview with Erica Meyer at WMVL.
Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Inkompetent Mun on Poison Video
Sunday, January 9th, 2011
Earmilk: Poison video
Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Whatever Interview: Ethan Gold A Chat Three Years Later
“Songs From A Toxic Apartment was made as a complete piece, which puts me at odds with the iTunes culture of single-track focus. I spent a long time making a flow to tell the story I wanted to tell, out of a strange group of songs that started as demos for an opera. Other than one song which I recorded straight as I walked in the door at 3am from a lonely walk with only a half run-through, which provided a bit of a bridge emotionally. You might or might guess which song that is. Anyway it was a lot of carving and painting to make a complete experience...” Read more of Ethan's interview with Amy Grimm at Whatever.... Whatever_-_Dec_28_2010
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
American Chronicle Interview with Ethan Gold
"'Not giving a fuck' is like a religion in this country. South Park has a rebellious stance but what they and a lot of mass culture defends and glorifies is 'not giving a fuck', which seems to me like the personal version of hyper-individualistic capitalism, and it´s fairly unique to our time and place in history. A lot of good societies have had very different morals than that..." Read the whole interview with Kendra Rae Beltran at American Chronicle. Ethan Gold-American Chronicle
Friday, January 1st, 2010