If you’ve been frequenting JOVM over the past couple of years, you may be familiar with the Chicago-based duo My Gold Mask. Comprised of Greta Rochelle and Jack Armando, the duo bonded over their mutual love of Italian Giallo films. Writing and recording their material in Chicago’s dimly-lit warehouse district has influenced their overall sound as their sound at one point assisted by long-time producer and collaborator Balthazar del Ley, seemed heavily influenced by Phil Spector’s famous “wall of sound” production of the 60s. In other words, layers upon layers of instrumentation but with cascading, swirling reverb that creates a sound that evokes a band playing behind a stack of amplifiers that would make Led Zeppelin envious, in an abandoned (and possibly dilapidated) church, a gigantic warehouse or in the middle of Grand Central Terminal.
Since the release of their exceptional sophomore effort, Leave Me Midnight, the duo of Rochelle and Armando have released a couple of singles that have revealed a band changing their sound. In fact, on the band’s latest single “Battles,” which will appear on the duo’s forthcoming third album, Anxious Utopia slated for a February 2016 release, undulating synths, industrial drumming, brief bursts of guitar and four-on-the-floor drumming are paired with Rochelle’s ethereal wailing. The single reveals a subtle refinement of Leave Me Midnight‘s sound in which the material is given a futuristic, almost club-friendly sheen evoking a futuristic version of Siouxsie and the Banshees.