Foolâ€™s Gold found a feel-good oasis on the edge of the Mojave Desert for their sophomore release, Leave No Trace. Written between Christmas day 2010 and New Yearâ€™s Day 2011, and recorded at Infrasonic studios in Alhambra, East LA, on analog equipment, the album continues the lush vibe of their eponymous debut. This time, though, Luke Top graces the sunny grooves with English lyrics, rather than the Hebrew that graced the predecessor, with success.
Leave No Trace ably fuses the bandâ€™s love of African and Caribbean music Â New Wave and early alternative. The festive sparkle of â€œThe Diveâ€ opens the album, recalling The Cure with smiling faces. â€œStreet Clothesâ€ burns warm with funky guitar twists and corkscrew synths, and the woozy â€œLanternâ€ closes the album in a dissipating puff of smoke. Unfortunately, Leave No Trace occasionally suffers in its flow, losing momentum during the damp â€œBalmyâ€ and the unfocused â€œNarrow Sun,â€ which lack the spry energy of the bulk of the album.
Foolâ€™s Gold is making a name with unbridled originality, and Leave No Trace succeeds with a world beat pulse and an indie reverence that colors each of the albums 10 tracks. This quintet captured a bit of magic on the edge of the desert, and like a newfound oasis, Leave No Trace is nothing short of refreshing.
Leave No Trace is out now on IAMSOUND.