Los Angeles songwriter/producer Goldroom – aka Josh Legg – continues to build momentum into his two-part album, Plunge /\ Surface, due October 18 via Downtown, releasing a new single “Running Wild” today and announcing a New York City performance to his Fall live band tour, November 16 at Elsewhere (all dates below).
In his life and in his music, the ocean has served as an endless source of inspiration for Goldroom. Known for his intimate but epic High Seas tours (an annual concert series set aboard luxury yachts in cities across the world), the Los Angeles-based artist otherwise known as Josh Legg transforms his affinity for the sea 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. With Plunge /\ Surface, Legg transforms his affinity for the sea into sublimely transportive electronic music built on lush melodies and vast yet graceful arrangements.
Goldroom tour dates:
09/06 – Jakarta, ID @ SHVR Ground Festival
09/07 – Bali, ID @ OMNIA Dayclub Bali
10/30 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
10/31 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
11/07 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Music Club
11/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
11/09 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
11/13 – Washington DC @ Union Stage
11/14 – Boston, MA @ Sonia’s
11/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere