Following on nine years later after their acclaimed debut album Terrane (2012), West Australian experimental duo Gilded return with their second album, Alden.
The duo is made up of members Matt Rösner and Adam Trainer - both of which have their own collection of accolades to bring with them to Gilded’s projects. Rösner is best known for his solo work on 12k and room40 (as well as his long standing collaboration with Seaworthy), while Trainer has spent time over the last two decades playing with various Perth-based indie and experimental rock acts.
It’s been a while since their debut album Terrane was in circulation, but this album served as a strong foundation for their most recent release. This was the album that catapulted a national tour for the duo and the reception from audiences ignited a fire in them to immediately start recording another album as soon as they were back home. This turned into a long three days spent bouncing ideas back and forth until they ended up with six tracks at this period’s conclusion. Unfortunately after this time, sessions together became spread out longer and longer each time until they realised it had been eight years.
In 2020, Rösner and Trainer reconnected in the former’s hometown of Myalup and vowed to finish the album. The pair saw a few more days of recording and mixing until the album was finally completed. They owe a lot of their inspiration and thematics of the album to the geography of the region, finding themselves often surrounded by scrubby marshlands and a large evaporated salt lake - a lot of the track names go on to reference these environments as well.
Alden is seen as a new and refurbished floor on the foundation of their debut album Terrane - the projects lend on each other with repetitive organic rhythm and textural ambient passages but Alden proves to be an elevated version built with vintage synthesizers and oftentimes unrecognisable field recordings.
Fluid Audio has released the album as a limited edition CD featuring artwork assembled by label head Daniel Crossley and will also be digitally released on January 24, 2022.
Make sure to listen to Alden and watch the music video for ‘Denizen’ below!