GOVS – Australian Summer

Solo lo-fi project of Josiah Birrell, aka GOVS, justifies the perfect mesh of indie, pop and synth, tempered to the likes of Chet Faker, The XX and Snakadaktal. This multi-instrumentalist triumphs in creating some luxuriously atmospheric melodies. It is no easy feat especially for a solo artist, but it takes a special talent to humbly quash solo-cynics as Josiah Birrell does.

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Spiffy new tunes from QLD’s bedroom production wunderkind GOVS.

If living by the Gold Coast sparks this kind of creative musical indulgence, then I think we’d all benefit from a breath of Queensland’s ocean spray. It’s beautifully sweet everyday thanks to GOVS, as he disguises melancholy with nothing but optimism.

His self- titled EP delightfully encapsulates the very essence of soothing summery days, as he serenades us with downtempo charm and lucidity, underlined with his light and delicate vocals. A touch of synth in GOVS latest experimental sound makes all the difference, elevating us to a higher level of dreamlike euphoria. With the world is in his hands, everything GOVS touches cannot help but be blessed with a wave of calm.

The latest single, Australian Summer is a true testament to its name. At times it’s oceanic breeze nurtures you and summer’s sun glistens upon your skin, at others the tumultuous rainy climate brings out the dull spirit in all of us. GOVS rippling vocals with its crystal like tone has this lucrative appeal. The heartbeat like pulsation of warped synths and echoing percussion create the dynamic feel of expansion.

GOVS modestly digitally altered vocals animates summer’s symbolic sobriety of tornados, shade and rain. It’s a far stretch from the perfect weather and overly enthusiastic clichés of summer as GOVS holds onto the passion of a summer love, with no plans of escaping. The climax of the song is perfectly illustrated by the tornado-like surge of accented notes, gaining momentum until the very end, before it all dissipates into the oblivion.

Let Happy set you up with some fresh tunes to keep you chill throughout the week – listen to GOVS.



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