Writing this review, I was immediately floored by the dynamic range of this duo. There have been many perfect pairs in the past, but the vocal combination of Jess Novak and Brian Golden can only be described as an ultimate unity of spirit in song.
I had to learn more about this pair of kindred spirits so I brought forth their bio from their Facebook page.
Not lazy, just said so perfectly I had to share…
“Jess Novak and Brian Golden felt an instant connection when they first jammed together in the rock/blues outfit Master Thieves in July 2013. Within weeks of meeting, the two worked together on Novak's solo album, Bad Habit, and have continued their musical connection - one where passion and talent meet. The powerhouse duo brings blues, rock and singer/songwriter choice covers and soulful originals to life through guitar, percussion, violin and voice.”
“Brian Golden has been playing guitar for 24 years and been in bands including Bad Weather Blues, The Pub Crawlers, Fools at Play, Master Thieves, The VooDoo Mystics and Lunar Stew. Jess Novak has been playing violin since the age of seven and performing throughout the Northeast with bands including Master Thieves, Shining Star Band and Jess and The Beards. As a duo and band, Golden and Novak perform their large catalogue of original music as well as covers spanning B.B. King to Bruce Springsteen to Amy Winehouse to TLC.“
This pair of “modern minstrels” have played and paid their dues, so I truly believe they were destined to work together on this album that is uplifting, bright and uniquely both seriously mature and playfully bouncy.
The Self-Titled Album The Golden Novak Band is that shiny new dime you find in an old box of memories you had long thought forgotten, filled with dreams, hope, ambition and joy as well as an inner peace only brought in the arms of a tender love, or a mother’s kiss or a father’s hand. Misty and melancholy but not sad or somber, The Golden Novak Band is proof that spirits bond in mysteriously wonderful ways that defy example or explanation.