LA's Goldroom—formerly a producer of the same now and now a trio—make music that so far has been too unselfconsciously happy to evoke Elliott Smith in the slightest. Their glittery take on one of his best, "St. Ides Heaven," is such an unexpected framing that I'm confused whether it's adding something truly interesting or is just sacrilege. The lines High on amphetamines/ The moon is a lightbulb breaking are most compelling, here evoking none of Smith's wandering desperation but instead the grinning, tanned body of a teenager at an outdoor dance festival. I guess the point is those people aren't so different. This is so weird. Goldroom's Embrace EP will be self-released on September 9th.
Stream: Goldroom, "St. Ides Heaven" (Elliott Smith Cover)