Golden Eels deliver impressive ‘Periscopes in the Air’ debut

Golden Eels CD‘Periscopes in the Air’
Golden Eels (self-released)
3.5 stars out of 5

Neil Golden is no stranger to the world of indie music. He has been a fixture on the fertile Athens, Ga., music scene for the better part of two decades, playing with the likes of The Glands, Elf Power, Japancakes and Shonna Tucker.

Throughout these stints, Golden continued to write the songs that eventually became “Periscopes in the Air,” his debut album as Golden Eels. The band includes Creston Spiers (guitar), Doug Stanley (lap steel) and his father Lyman Golden (guitar), but Neil Golden is the driving creative force behind this intriguing new indie pop band.

The 13-track release makes for a compelling listen, with the platter clocking in at an efficient 40 minutes. Opener “Bathtub” is the best of the bunch, but Golden Eels also score with “Sloopy and Drunk,” “Human Heart Attack,” “Jezebel,” “Stay in Touch” and set closer “Ancient Knowledge.” Here’s hoping that “Periscopes in the Air” is just the first of many albums for Golden & Co. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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