GoLian – An Old Dog Shows Some New Tricks

GoLian Review

GoLian seems like an old friend. We’ve been working with him for a few months now on and off promoting and reviewing his music. Paul Golian has a “this song was written by my dad” sound. I don’t mean that as a criticism. I mean that Paul’s music is warm and familiar and growing better with age.

In conversations with Paul I get a sense he is a genuine guy trying to make music the best way he can. He’s retired and is returning to music after an extended break.

The music of GoLian is simple. It’s to the point. In private conversations he’s admitted he’s not especially happy with his production. Hey, everyone is on a budget and uses what they have to in order to get by. I think Paul is managing pretty darn good seeing that he was “out of music” for almost 30 years. Welcome back!

GoLian Review – She Says

One of his new songs “She Says” is a familiar warm sounding tune that Paul writes so well. I think Paul has stepped up his production a bit also. His mixing/engineering is getting tighter and guitar tones are blending together much better these days. It’s amazing what we can do with a home studio these days isn’t it?!?! I’m never a fan of monotonous drum loops that don’t change at all but like I said before, we have to work with what we have. Paul always has catchy guitar hooks and with this tune it’s as to be expected.

In past reviews I have stated that Paul’s vocals were a bit hot in the mix. Seems like he’s been working on this! Paul has definitely been working hard on is engineering. The guitars in the bridge are pleasing to the ears. He’s put some nice layers in the mix in spots that fill out the soundscape much better than in the past. This guy has been working hard!

Hand In Hand

As I said before Paul’s mixing and engineering skills are getting better. That will happen with practice just like anything else in life. I like how “Hand In Hand” starts out simply with a mild guitar bed with a dry vocal. The drums come in with a sort of cheesy fill but I can see what he’s going for and with a little work could be amazing. I hate to focus on the programmed drums but I think Paul would benefit from either purchasing some “real” drum loops that have a little more of a “human” feel.

Overall “Hand In Hand” is a strong tune. It doesn’t drone with one or two chords, but has defined sections including a rap section that sort of comes out of nowhere. This part could use a little work as it sounds kind of like “this song was written by my dad” lol. I mean that in the nicest way possible. In all seriousness though this part of the song isn’t all that bad and is reminiscent of something R.E.M. would do. All in all a good listen that will grow on ya!

He Love Me Don’t He

The song “He Love Me Don’t He” sounds like a departure from his sound. Hey, nothing wrong with experimentation. This tune isn’t necessarily my favorite. I do enjoy the strings tastefully added throughout. I also think the drum loop is one of the best Paul has used.

However, I’m not so sure about the speaking verse. Personally it just doesn’t do much for me. I’m am seriously digging on the improvements Paul has made since his last interview here on Indie Music Plus. I can’t wait to hear his music in a few more months, and a few more after that. 🙂

Paul GoLian is a nice and easy going guy so make sure you connect with him on social media. Also, make sure to follow him on Soundcloud by clicking on one of the songs above.

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