Yes, before you ask: we know it’s still November. If you fancy getting festive a little early, however, then this beautiful new seasonal song from The Colorist Orchestra & Howe Gelb should set the mood perfectly. It’s a soul-stirring song that has its genesis in a demo by Pieta Brown, who featured on three tracks when TCO and Gelb (the latter also of Giant Sand) released Not On The Map last month. We’re delighted to premiere ‘Gold Shining’ below.
Speaking about the roots of the song, Pieta Brown said, “I wrote ‘Gold Shining’ in a cold winter afternoon in Iowa looking out at my neighbor’s yard… decorations… snow and lights… and it was my sweet friend Iris Dement that told me I ‘better record that song’ after she heard me sing it at a show one night. I think it was a couple years later that Howe texted me one day out of the blue and asked me if by some chance I had ever written a Christmas song? I sent him a little demo of “Gold Shining”… and away we went! Howe made an organ version demo and we sang back and forth and sent it over the ocean to The Colorist Orchestra… and they put the gold right in it!”
It’s out today via Dangerbird Records, who also release the new album on vinyl next Friday November 26th, if you’re into that.