With the release of “This Is Paradise," Gordon Goldsmith brings a new feel to a classic genre. With lush, addicting guitar progressions, a heavy vocal hook, and a genuine classic rock style, the song boasts the aesthetic of indie rock anthems. Most importantly, like his other material, the single never loses touch with the emotional platform great songs are built from.
“The song 'This Is Paradise' came to me in 2014, along with the songs that became Haypenny Hashcandy. To me, the song is about ecstasy - the feeling, not necessarily the drug. True love, orgasm, exhaltation, unity with the universe. It's not really about any one specific experience that I've had - more like a feeling of searching for and finding what you really have been after. Like, when things are so good that it's painful, so good that you cry” explains the songwriter of his single.
Although the single does speak volumes for his work, to get a real understanding of where Goldsmith is coming from, his previous EP Haypenny Hashcandy is worth a listen. The EP leads up to the single perfectly with indie folk songs, straight pop songs, and more.
“The Haypenny Hashcandy EP was released before this. I also released a home recorded EP in 2011 called Holes in the Sky. Due to the primitive nature of the recording, I considered this to be a collection of demos, just something to sell at my shows and show to potential collaborators. It was what helped me gain some attention in Portland, though. I've been getting better really quickly at turning my feelings into songs that make sense to people. The sonic power of my home recordings is much, much stronger than it was in the past. Also, my emotional tone is a lot more positive in my newer stuff. I started off as kind of a sad sack, and now it all just feels a lot more electrifying” says Goldsmith of his evolution in songwriting approach.
Growing up in the greater Boston area, Goldsmith started playing guitar in the 6th grade, learning everything from Led Zeppelin to The Red Hot Chili Peppers. His love for playing grew and evolved as he began to work on his own riffs and delve into the universe of effects pedals. He continued to expand his musical horizons on his own until finally, during his freshman year at college, he put together a band. The Beer Helmets would go on to play frat parties, bars and more. It was senior year that he moved into a house with a few friends and put together a recording studio in the basement. This is when his recording career really began. By 2010 Goldsmith relocated to Portland, OR to play gigs as often as possible, hitting open mics, clubs, bars, coffeehouses, and political rallies.
In 2012, after returning to Burlington, Goldsmith rented a space with members of Grace Potter’s band. Even while working three jobs, the results often involved writing and recording deep into the night. The following year, he received an offer to go to Australia and work on a cruise ship as a singer/guitarist. For the next 8 months, he sailed around Australia and the South Pacific performing 3 sets a night for enthusiastic crowds. This gave him a taste of what it was like to get a steady paycheck as a musician. Once he returned home, he went straight back to where his heart is at: recording new material. It was then that “This Is Paradise” was born.
The single is now available for streaming and downloads on most major digital outlets and Goldsmith already has dates lined up for summer in support of his release.