Artist info

Genre

Indie, Roots


band members

Juan Alban


Website

www.juanalban.com

Bio

Gold Beach is the new single from singer/songwriter Juan Alban, the first new music from Juan since his debut, solo album ‘Dr Pelican On Holiday!’ in 2013.

A lush wash of harmonies featuring backing vocals by Yuko Nishiyama and backed by members of The Hello Morning, it evokes memories of long summer days, road trips and places you wish you could return to.

Juan is perhaps best known as the singer, guitarist & songwriter from Ballarat band, Epicure who called it a day back in 2011.

Epicure were a staple on the live Festival circuit in their day not to mention regular additions to Triple J rotation including having 4 songs in the National broadcaster’s Hottest 100, with Armies Against Me landing at #21 in 2003.

Gold Beach was conceived whilst driving along the west coast of the US in May of 2017. Juan happened across the small coastal town of Gold Beach, Oregon. It was a cool day and an eerie mist had descended on the town giving it an almost otherworldly quality. He walked the streets, chatted with some locals, bought himself a slice of cheese pizza at the Panthers Den and wandered down to the beach. He stayed there on the beach for a while and, when it came time to leave, he wished he could have stayed on. Had a life there. A different life. Someone else’s life.

Although the song describes his time there very literally, for Juan it’s about the idea of starting again. The town of Gold Beach exists and it’s lovely. But when Juan made his unscheduled stop there almost 2 years ago he was overcome with the feeling that everything that had come before didn’t have to dictate what was yet to come. And it makes him happy to know that there’s a place like that out there. If only in his mind.

Review

Reviewed by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

21 Aug 2013

Triple J
30

Juan's got a spot on talent for crafting brooding and vulnerable folk and this one creaks on to a gut wrenching finish. 3.5

Juan's got a spot on talent for crafting brooding and vulnerable folk and this one creaks on to a gut wrenching finish. 3.5

Review

Reviewed by Richard Kingsmill Richard Kingsmill

13 Oct 2011

Triple J
40

This is a new song from the ex-Epicure frontman. His voice really shines on this. It's great to hear him still doing quality stufff.

This is a new song from the ex-Epicure frontman. His voice really shines on this. It's great to hear him still doing quality stufff.

Review

Reviewed by Gemma Pike Gemma Pike

10 Jan 2012

Triple J
40

You remind me of Mark Kozelek. What a lovely find.

You remind me of Mark Kozelek. What a lovely find.