Chad Golda ‘Painted Tapes’

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Chad Golda
Painted Tapes
Writing Records
3 out of 5 stars

Fort Collins multi-instrumentalist and solo artist Chad Golda has just released his eighth album on his label Writing Records. That’s not a bad run for any artist, but the astounding fact is that Painted Tapes is Golda’s eighth album since 2011 — and we’re not talking a collection of short little EPs. The vast majority of the prolific songwriter’s albums have tracks well into the double digits.

Golda’s lo-fi sound and hand-drawn artwork seems to channel the anti-folk songwriter Daniel Johnston with simplistic rhythms, basic lyrics, and recordings that are presented with all of the bumps and flaws that a solo artist is bound to have — especially one who is juggling nine different instruments, as well as handling vocals, samples and field recordings. In addition to writing everything for all of those releases, Golda also tackles all of the instrumentation, vocals and production on his own.

And that’s a giant part of the joy of Painted Tapes. The same rawness and  honesty that famously attracted Kurt Cobain to Johnston’s cassette Yip/Jump Music, is all over Golda’s work. More than just an album, the work seems to be a portal directly into Golda’s mind. And also like Johnston’s work, Painted Tapes is available on handmade cassette tape, as well as digitally.

Chad Golda - 'Painted Tapes'

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Golda’s lo-fi sound and hand-drawn artwork seems to channel the anti-folk songwriter Daniel Johnston with simplistic rhythms, basic lyrics, and recordings that are presented with all of the bumps and flaws that a solo artist is bound to have. In addition to writing everything for all of those releases, Golda also tackles all of the instrumentation, vocals and production on his own.

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