Old Soul Gold

Old Soul Gold
With minimal media hype, the Old Soul have been flying under the radar since their inception in 2003, keeping a low profile in Toronto’s experimental rock scene. But as anyone that’s caught them play in a sketchy College St. bar can attest, they’re probably one of the best bands the city has produced. Luca Maoloni leads the shape-changing group of eight to 15 musical visionaries and they humbly produce and release boundary-challenging tunes. They dabble in folk, pop, rock, soul and jazz, blending it all together with Maoloni’s unique vocal timbre and witty lyrical rants. Their first full-length, She’s Got Party Davis Eyes, was a taste of what was to come, and on Gold we see the aftermath play out triumphantly. Not as quickly loveable as their previous album, yet more likely timeless, the album plays out much like a dramatic Disney movie. They’ve managed to maintain their independent status and not stray far from their hometown but moments like the Spanish-y "Your Sister,” the gorgeous female vocals laced throughout "Diamonds are for Beggard” and the crazy remix of "Old Soul II” suggest the band have outgrown their home city and are more than ready to take on something much bigger. (Grifter)