With the release of their debut effort, Black Sun, the Australian quintet of Gold Fields’ put themselves on the international map, as the album received praise from the likes of MTV and Billboard for it’s slickly produced, danceable sound, infectious hooks, angular guitars played through reverb, and tribal beats in a fashion reminiscent of fellow countrymen Cut Copy, as well as New OrderEditorsthe Killers and others. But perhaps just as important. it further cements Cut Copy’s assertion of Melbourne – and in turn, Australia as a whole – as being the home of a very vital, electronic dance music scene.

The quintet’s latest single “Hold Me”  owes as much of a debt sonically to house music because of its layers of melodic yet sinuous synths, as it does to synth pop and pop. The use of a distorted but looped vocal sample throughout the song reminds me a little bit of Octo Octa’s impressive Between Two Selves but the hook also reminds me a great deal of Cut Copy (which is almost expected). 

The song is one of those warm blasts of summer that reminds me quite a bit of rooftop parties and street fairs. Sigh. But still fall has its own wonders, too …