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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