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Gwilym Gold's "Muscle" Is an Exercise in Vulnerability as Strength

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Gwilym Gold has the kind of voice that makes you lean in. It cracks at points, gently, intriguingly. "Muscle" is the first new single from the London-based artist since his 2012 album Tender Metal released on his own Bronze format (an app that, in essence, never played the same song the same way twice) and it's a quiet triumph. Finger clicks provide the beat, while Gold's spare piano playing tiptoes underneath that affecting voice. It's being released on July 14th on a new label called Hymn, founded by White Cube gallery backed artist Eddie Peake who Gold first worked with when he provided a live soundtrack to Peake's Infinite Disparity performance piece last year. Peake also created the artwork for "Muscle," a photo of a nude that nails the strength-in-vulnerability thing that Gold has going on.

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Gwilym Gold's "Muscle" Is an Exercise in Vulnerability as Strength