A collection of 12 songs (counting its final, unlisted track), The Golden Hum is a contrast of lights and darks, pivoting on Cinjun Tate's seraphic vocals, brother Shelby Tate's grating guitar work, and Jack Joseph Puig's blistering production. Like Villa Elaine's sleeper single, the sonic "Prophecy," The Golden Hum's second track, "Glorious #1," ignites the album, building on dark, slippery guitar work before Tate's searing chorus galvanizes its textures to life. Other songs, such as "Out/In" and "Bitter," decelerate into elegant pop ballads as Puig casts uplifting symphonic arrangements over somber guitar tones and pensive lyrics. If the album stumbles, it's in the overproduction of a track like "Perfect Memory," whose overpowering pop sheen and melodrama lead to the indulgent glam-rock that sometimes drowned Bowie. But even at its most pretentious, Remy Zero still has the ability to create bronzed harmonies out of layered sounds.
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