Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Golden Donna releases new EP

Golden Donna performing at the Good Style Shop (photo: Benny Arnold)
Joel Shanahan just released his first EP, All Alone, under the moniker Golden Donna. It's a five-track digital release running 24 minutes in length, and it's available for free on bandcamp.  The opening title track sounds a bit like an early Pete Rock instrumental with electro-pop drums.  Later tracks remind me of Laurie Spiegel's early synth work but played with more traditional synths than the Bell Labs' GROOVE system.  It's great.

In addition to releasing this EP and playing a slew of shows around Madison, he's finishing an LP which will be released late this spring and just went to Texas to work on the soundtrack for a documentary set for release this fall.

If you haven't checked out Golden Donna yet, you have a couple opportunities coming up:  this Saturday he'll be playing at the Dragonfly Lounge (401 E. Washington Ave., 9:30pm) with Trin Tran, Samantha Glass, and Catacombz; on March 9th he'll be playing at the Frequency (121 W. Main St., 9:30pm) with EMA and Nu Sensae.