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Editor’s Pick #199: Golden Shoulders’ “Mountain” by 20watts
If the O.C. was still around, Golden Shoulders would dominate the soundtrack

If The O.C. were still around, Golden Shoulders would own the soundtrack

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Golden Shoulders’ “Mountain” from goldenshoulders.com

Calling Alexandra Patsavas!¬† I think I just discovered the most teen-soap-ready California-pop ever penned.¬† It has the jangly guitar line — the cooing back-up vocals — the urgent mid-track crescendos — it’s basically like a more obscure version of half the tracks on The O.C. Mix 2.

The song is “Mountain” and it comes to us, unsurprisingly, from California: the Nevada City collective Golden Shoulders have been writing ’70s-tinged retro-pop since the early 2000s.¬† The band has no set line-up, apart from frontman Adam Kline.¬† Joanna Newsom spent some time with them, as did Marc Snegg, the founder of Grass Roots Record Co.¬† And if that Joanna Newsom tie isn’t enough to pique your interest, consider this: Golden Shoulders play all of their shows without electricity¬† (no mics, amps, etc.), a feat that few other bands can claim to have attempted.

Fans of Nada Surf, Rogue Wave, The Thrills and The 88 — you will dig this.

— Caitlin Dewey, editor in chief

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