Gone Gone Beyond was put on my radar recently by the good people at Press Here Publicity. "Canyons" is the lead single from their excellent new release which is titled simply "2030." This varied and complex work of personal artistry and intricate collusion is the very successful follow up to their debut "Things Are Changing." I have been listening to this album for the last week now, and it just keeps getting better. With impeccable production quality, a beautiful and eclectic temperament, and most importantly some of the best songwriting that I've heard in recent memory, I am happy to share my thoughts about these 12-tracks that cleave a bold path right through the unexplored wilds of Folktronica — with strong assists from modern soul-pop and elements of gospel.
International musical hybrid group Gone Gone Beyond has decided to name their new release "2030" as a way of exploring our connection to one another, and the planet, with a nod to the not-so-distant future: where humanity will be forced, collectively, to pay its debts to the ecosystem that sustains us. Such a somber premise, however, does nothing to dampen or oversimplify the gifts that we may still enjoy. As Leonard Cohen once said so well, we must never forget to "ring the bells that still can ring." This sophomore offering from Gone Gone Beyond celebrates the power of the collective spirit, at the same time that it reminds us that our window of time is closing to finish building the world that we deserve. Each player of this international musical family brings a unique and diverse perspective on sound, culture, and life, and the bittersweet nature of this collection of songs is truly awe inspiring. My personal touchstone for this kind of virtuosic synergy is Ollabelle, an obscure roots-and-soul outfit that I caught years ago opening up for Ryan Adams at the Wiltern. Gone Gone Beyond has triumphed magnificently in breathing new vitality into the classic spirit of a 'band of songwriters' — where, with each new song, the surfeit of vocal talent and songwriting expertise flourishes and blooms like so many spring flowers. "2030" is a stunning work of art with a glorious future. You may remember "Coast" and "Little Moon" which were both previewed last year to considerable fanfare, but every track on this album deserves a long look. In an age where so many artists prioritize a consistent monthly single, Gone Gone Beyond has crafted a truly exceptional long-form release. CHILLFILTR® was lucky enough to have the opportunity ask them a few questions about their process, which are included below.
Gone Gone Beyond has also announced their first live shows for 2021. The quartet will head to Colorado from September 23rd through 25th to support Dirtwire, stopping in Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins. Tickets are on sale now.