Fool’s Gold: “Street Clothes”
Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov formed Fool’s Gold as a free-form musical collective with a revolving door of different musicians. But on their new album, Leave No Trace, the band has been whittled down to six members, resulting in a more focused (but no less exciting) sound.
Fool’s Gold 2009 self-titled debut was a melting pot of different styles of African music that Top and Pesacov shared an affinity for. Top was born in Israel before emigrating to Los Angeles, and many of the songs on the first album were sung in Hebrew, further blurring the cultural lines. Despite the language barrier, Top’s distinct voice conveyed all the emotion and meaning behind the rhythm-heavy tunes.
Since that release, the group has remained busy. Several of the members also belong to fellow L.A. outfit Foreign Born, and Pesacov has taken a seat behind the glass, producing music by Best Coast and Nikki Lane. The new-look Fool’s Gold return with Leave No Trace, which builds on and updates their globe-trotting sound. Songs like “Street Clothes” incorporate electronic elements and place a greater emphasis on melody, and Top sings primarily in English this time around. Fool’s Gold will be bringing their critically-acclaimed live show to the Austin Ventures stage on the first day of ACL Fest, but in the meantime, take a listen to “Street Clothes” below.