Born Gold is the high-energy, futuristic noise-pop project of Canadian pop experimentalist Cecil Frena. Caught in a highly idiosyncratic dialogue between harsh noise, future-leaning electronic music, indie rock signifiers and mainstream pop, Born Gold conjures stuttering, blown-out and chopped guitar peals, erratic, bubbling synth arpeggios, crunked-out, sparkling 808 hats and bursts of meticulously processed digital noise. Oh, and hooks, hooks, hooks.
Born Gold’s “Bodysongs,” released September 20th, 2011 on Hovercraft / Crash Symbols, is a selected singles compilation of uncompromising and infectious danceable pop anthems.
In the live context, Born Gold’s percolating pop is transformed into something like an ecstatic, surreal dream sequence: bandmates smash shovels together, percuss on hockey helmets and generally get a party started unlike any other. Born Gold has opened on tour with Grimes before.
Born Gold runs with Canada’s shadowy futurepop coven Hovercraft (Purity Ring, Kuhrye-oo).