By Mike Dunn
Too often, indie pop tends toward the simple, with the “millennial whoop” standing in for actual lyrical content in the choruses of otherwise catchy and infectious tunes.
Thus the relief in hearing You Possess Me, by Edmonton duo Goldtop. Alice Kos and Everett LeRoi are crafting thoughtful, well-arranged songs with lyrical and melodic choruses that refuse to dumb down emotion to mere wailing over simple changes. The title track leads off with a beat that has a similar tone to The Ronettes’ classic “Be My Baby,” buoying the wobbling tremolo rhythm guitar, while Kos and LeRoi harmonize throughout the length of the number, which is rare and lends the song a laid back Everly Brothers vibe. “Even Tonight” is a warm classic pop ballad reminiscent of Jackson Browne, with some mid-’60s Beatles shining through in the arrangement, before Kos takes the lead on the licorice power pop of “Rip It Off.” You Possess Me makes solid use of programmed beats in a number of songs, but still feels natural and intimate.
Goldtop are working with a lot of space and taste on You Possess Me, although they veer in a number of stylistic directions, including some interesting atmospheric alt-country cuts, never quite settling on one particular sound. Those turns are a good thing over the course of an album, but the most interesting moments on You Possess Me touch on the Brill Building/power pop/indie rock combination, a unique synthesis of styles that bring out the best in Goldtop’s catchy hooks and melodies.Goldtop, Independent, Record Review, You Possess Me