Los Angeles songwriter/producer Goldroom – aka Josh Legg – is continuing his 2019 tour run by opening for electro-funk Chromeo at Ravine. Goldroom is currently celebrating the recent release of his sophomore album Plunge /\ Surface, out now via Downtown.
For the past couple of months, Goldroom has been touring with his live band, featuring Legg on keys, guitar+vocals, with Nikki Segal on keys+vocals, plus bass, drums + percussion - a set up Legg hasn't used in 3 years. This December, he is ditching his instruments and bandmates to play three special solo DJ sets. He will playing the Ravine in Atlanta on December 27th, starting at 10 PM.
In his life and in his music, the ocean has served as an endless source of inspiration for Goldroom, transforming the rhythm of the waves into sublimely transportive electronic music built on lush melodies and vast, yet graceful, arrangements. So when he suffered a potentially disastrous accident in the ocean—breaking his neck while bodysurfing in Mexico in June 2017—the longtime sailor was profoundly rattled. Though the incident briefly unmoored him, its aftermath ultimately sparked the making of Plunge /\ Surface: a two-part album that marks Goldroom’s most ambitious and fascinating work so far.
The follow-up to Goldroom’s 2016 full-length debut West of the West, Plunge /\ Surface abounds in radically different tones and textures - while Plunge magnifies its moody intensity with a decidedly unpolished sound, Surface delivers a classically escapist take on dance music. The distinct sensibilities of the two recordings trace back to key moments in his recovery process.