Infectious, peppy and pleasant – three words that describe Doc Robinson’s four-song EP titled Golden Daze. The duo made up of longtime friends Jon Elliot and Nick D’Andrea left behind their respective roots in pop and alternative to fuse and create lively-sounding tunes under the new moniker, Doc Robinson.
Unfolding with the upbeat title track “Golden Daze,” the duo reminisces on their childhood or as they refer to as the golden days. The melodious tune takes the listener back to time of worry-free living filled with youthful escapades. As the song progresses, the realization that life will never be that simple again causes a hint of sadness, yet the joyful melody distracts the listener from the tear that rolls down their smiling, rosy cheeks.
D’Andrea reflected on the song’s creation:
We wrote ‘Golden Daze‘ in homage to the golden moments of our youth; chopping it up, getting into trouble, smoking weed out of apple cores, playing with fireworks, listening to bone thugs in the suburbs, hanging out with the ‘bad kids.’
D’Andrea and Elliot’s self-proclaimed “backyard barbecue breakup music” in “It’s Over” follows the cheerful leadoff track. While the depressing lyrics drive the song in one direction, the uplifting chords share an encouraging take on heartbreak and part the gloomy clouds to reveal the beautiful sunshine.
Despite showcasing only four songs, Golden Daze is incredibly diverse, both vocally and in melody. In contrast to the opening track “Golden Daze,” the EP’s closer, “Undone,” offers the listener a soft and slow finish.
Doc Robinson flashes undeniable promise on a record that’s overwhelmingly relatable. From front the back, Golden Daze is delightfully toxic. The record seizes the audience upon pressing play and doesn’t relieve its grip until the final, fitting lyrics, “letting you go.”