First Look Friday: The Gold Setting Embodies That Good Vibration

Photo Credit: Laurent Chevalier for Okayplayer.

Back in the early days of America, settlers went out West in search of infamy, their own piece of land and the hopes of striking gold. It was a rush, historians said, as hundreds of thousands of dreamers left their cozy, yet snowy filled lands in the East to venture out where the sun settles into that smooth groove, which is much like this week’s First Look Friday subject.

The Gold Setting is a sexy, electro-pop, jambalaya fusion of soul, ’70s sound and Los Angeles glitz. As a group, these players led by its stunning face, Liza Colby, have built up a reputation as a glimmering bastion of beats, rhymes and explosion that separates itself from the others. It is with those mixtures of sounds, blended with the powerful playing of Godfrey at LargeAdam BergTodd Simon and Richard Rudolph who make Sunset Strip feel like a sonic utopia.

The work these guys put in culminated in the debut EP, Volume and Tone, a four-track effort that only promises that there is more sass-and-pop to come. And as we got a chance to know the band’s front woman, Liza Colby, it is apparent that she is more than just a pretty face. Her adventurous takes on love, lost and sensual soul make her more of a funkified Bessie Smith than Beyoncé. She is such a jewel to hear on records that every note and line seems like a golden moment to bust out into dance and enjoy the grooves.

Together, The Gold Setting finds themselves in that perfect pocket where their warm grooves overshadow the wicked weather we here in the East are experiencing. As we sit down with Liza Colby, representing The Gold Setting, she shares with us her experiences, her thoughts on the industry at large and breaks down just what she learned about herself throughout this recording process. With Volume and Tone out on April 7, we are also excited to be the exclusive premiere spot for you to hear “Gimme Your Love,” an after-hours jam that will have your body swaying from right to left.

Without any further ado, please, enjoy the sounds and the mojo of the bright, alluring and future soul stirring, Liza Colby of The Gold Setting.

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