GOLD & YOUTH at Blk Box (1087 Queen West), Friday (June 14), 1 am. NXNE wristband or $15. nxne.com.
Vancouver new wave revivalists Gold & Youth released their debut album, Beyond Wilderness (Arts & Crafts), in May, and they're already enjoying rave reviews in the UK music press. Most of the members originally played together in scrappy post-punk band the Raccoons before taking things in a more refined synth pop direction with this new project.
It wasn't until adding solo artist Louise Burns that things really came together, though. Her ethereal singing and confident stage presence are the perfect foil to Matthew Lyall's Depeche Mode-influenced vocals. She ended up singing lead on Jewel, the first single from Beyond Wilderness.
But don't dismiss this as a retro synth pop project: the textures and mood owe just as much to contemporary indie rock as they do to the 80s.
If you like Gold & Youth, also check out Parallels at the Painted Lady, tonight (Thursday, June 13), 1 am, NXNE wristband or $12; or Eight and a Half at Blk Box, Saturday (June 15), 11 pm, NXNE wristband or $15.