Despite a five year gap between releases, much adored Ballarat-via-Melbourne five piece Gold Fields has never really stepped away from the coal face. Apart from a few months hiatus immediately following a near constant four year touring schedule surrounding the release of their critically acclaimed debut album “Black Sun” (2013) the band has essentially been writing and recording nonstop.
“We had the luxury of being able to work only when we felt like it, and if we weren’t feeling it or not in that ‘zone’, we just let it be” says vocalist Mark of their approach.
Comeback single “Glow” and the accompanying EP of the same name speaks to the evolution of band members Vin and Ryan’s exalted production ability the pair converging to conjointly oversee the meticulous creation of Gold Fields’ latest. The EP was brought to life between home studios in Ballarat, Melbourne and a beach house in Ocean Grove before mixing duties were handballed to revered Australian producer Tony Espie, best known for his work on both Avalanches albums. Fans of the band will be buoyed to learn that despite a humble track count (3), “Glow” EP clocks in at a lengthy 20 minutes and foreshadows the release of even more Gold Fields music yet to come.
Whether listeners old or new, Gold Fields' chief focus is to please. “The whole point of making music is the idea that someone could be on their commute to work and put some music on and it makes them feel good. And then they’re better for it. And the good kind of flows on from there. For me, music can improve things or enhance things or just make things better in a tiny, little way... even just for five minutes… But I feel like that goes a long way, especially at times like these. So I hope that’s what happens.”
“Glow" is made available digitally and on limited edition 12” vinyl worldwide Friday November 9 via Haven Sounds.