JOE CHANG (Gold Light) and BEAU CAMPOLONG (Snakemusk) began playing music together in the Spring of 2017 in Asheville, NC. Having performed and created music separately, they joined forces over a shared affection for classic, country-tinged, lovelorn songs.
Joe began releasing his own music under the moniker Gold Light in 2013, forming a band with a cast of rotating players, and touring extensively behind two albums to date, both spanning genres from Fifties doo-wop rock, to Eighties post punk. Beau cut their teeth in the Southern California DIY punk / noise / experimental scene, all the while carrying a fondness for the banjo and traditional old time songs.
With their forthcoming ‘debut’ team-up album, Shadows In The Shallows, Joe and Beau have created a classic album of 9 strong songs that touch the very heart of what American pop music is. Carrying the torch in the tradition of such musical duos as The Everly Brothers, Johnny & June, or Gram & Emmylou, Gold Light & Snakemusk adhere to the tried and true formula of some pretty vocals, a little love story, and a catchy song.
On “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”, the effortless beauty of Beau’s soft vocals reach the ethereal realm of some mysterious 70’s folk singer, a la Kath Bloom or Sibylle Baier, while “The Last Picture Show” finds Joe’s handsome voice channeling Buddy Holly, rattling off a rapid rollicking Springsteen-esque tale. “Being Sweet” shows off their shared harmonic back and forth sensibilities, with the darling tongue-in-cheek tone of a John Prine/Iris Dement or The Moldy Peaches’ “These-are-the-reasons-I-like-you” duet, with a more somber, sobering realization. “One Thing After Another” is as catchy classic country as it comes, and, if you didn’t know any better, you’d swear “Death” was some traditional folk song passed down through the years and forlorn hills of southern Appalachia.
But what really sets the songs apart, above all, are the lyrics. Like short narrative stories, they are simple, straightforward, and universal, cut from the cloth that makes a Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, or Bruce Springsteen song stand the test of time, and still sound relevant and relatable regardless of what year the calendar says.