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Published on February 25th, 2014 | by Ballard Lesemann


Hearts & Plugs Readies LPs by Grace Joyner and Gold Light

Charleston-based indie label Hearts & Plugs has two new cool releases on the horizon — a six-song debut titled Young Fools from local singer/songwriter Grace Joyner and a nine-song debut from Asheville, N.C.’s Gold Light.

Joyner (a.k.a. Amber Grace Joyner, pictured above) sang and played in the H&P band Elim Bolt before going solo last year. To record the new tunes, Joyner enlisted keyboardist/singer Camille Lucy Rhoden and multi-instrumentalists Nick Jenkins and Dan McCurry (the head honcho at Hearts & Plugs and its Apartment A studio facility).

At times atmospheric, spacious, and mysterious, sneak peaks at Young Fools reveal carefully arranged songs, unusual melodies and instrumentation, and beautifully moody tones. The collection is due sometime in the early spring.


Gold Light (provided)

Gold Light is the new moniker under which singer/songwriter Joe Chang performs these days. Chang is perhaps known best for his previous work as the frontman for North Carolina’s Neapolitan Children and Single Engine Airplane (and as a member of the Kovacs and the Polar Bear back in the day).

Chang has been composing and recording for Gold Light’s self-titled debut for years. Echoes, odd instrumental sound effects, vintage amp tones, and light percussion wrap around the tunes.

With generous reverb on his voice, Chang sounds like he’s serenading the listener from the bottom of a well or a secret mine shaft. More than a few hints at an English accent lean toward Bowie, Syd Barrett, and T. Rex territory. Gold Light is set to drop on March 11.

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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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