We've been pretty strong supporters of Justin Golden for a few years now, extolling his blend of laid back blues and Americana which is all held together by his nearly magical voice. His latest song goes in a completely new direction. "The Gator" may still be a blues song, but it's a noisy blues garage rocker. It's complete with a chugging beat and some of the most killer feedback soaked blues guitar you've heard in years. After following an artist for a while, it's great to hear them expand on their sound while still sounding like themselves. "The Gator" may be the best we've heard from Golden so far. Expect huge things from him in the future.
Justin Golden explains the story behind his new song:
“... while driving down south on a writer’s retreat, I saw gators in Florida. I thought about how somewhere under the water there was a gator just waiting for its chance to pull me under. Then, I realized, that’s the same way I feel every day as a Black person in this country—like something is waiting for a chance to pull me under.”
You can listen to "The Gator" below. Hard Times and a Woman is due out April 15 and is available for pre-order through Bandcamp. For more on Justin Golden, check out the artist's Facebook and Instagram.