Gossling – Intentional Living EP

Intentional Living is the bright and alluring EP from a spirited and saccharine Gossling. Our first glimpse of the coy darling comes with “Wild Love”, a super catchy pop tune drunk on pots of golden treasure and rainbow juice. The unique voice of Melbourne girl Helen Croome shines so bright against folk-pop instrumentation and the swagger of shuffling percussion.
No stranger to a successful pop song, hear 360’s “Boys Like You” in which she featured, a bashful-sounding Gossling channels a similarly catchy melody in her opener track. As soon as the chorus kicks in all you want to do is chuck on a frilly garb and frolic in a field of daisies. A song like this will no doubt be a sound track to nostalgic obsession in years to come, reminding us of the awesomeness that is home grown indie music now.

“Heart Killer” cracks open with some sexy bass and tom action, glittered with sneaky bells on the off-beat. A twangy guitar snakes its way up from the underground and settles in with a straight rhythm, the timbered vine behind the honeysuckle of Gossling’s pretty voice. “I’m known as a killer / A heart killer” she warns, before willing us into an eerie atmosphere of ghostly wavers and spooky chimes.

There’s something chilling about Gossling’s gorgeous tone as it pierces through her lo-fi band. The harmonies are nothing short of perfection; naturally lifting and balancing the cadences in her voice, harbouring both strength and fragility.  As an artist she has been seamlessly produced – seductive and sultry with just the right amount of frivolity to keep it commercial and fun. The complete EP as one body of work is impressively short and sweet, managing a condensed array of catchy hooks like “I love you since the note that you first gave me… I want to think you wrote” on “Rose”. Pretty cute lyric if you ask me – very high-school. But the EP too screams out serious depth and emotional dedication.

In “Love Fall Foul” Gossling’s voice is a brittle feather brushing goodbye into the blood of a billion broken hearts. The beautiful ballad is passively brutal and resonates in silence like the glow of one single flame in darkness. Festering at love’s sickening end, the saccharine singer melts before us while she fights to come to terms with a dead relationship. The lyrics are so devastating and hopeless: “You never kissed me the way you kissed her”.

Resting on minimal piano and empty open air, Gossling’s case is unbelievably sad. “Oh I think you’ll marry her / You need her with you”. It just breaks your heart, but it’s refreshing to see a woman broadcasting emotional insecurities and imperfections in a political age that is hurtling along with the force of proud and public feminists resisting stereotypes. It is still okay for a woman to be vulnerable. It’s not weak, just honest.

In this final track, the buzz of the string section is the last bit of warmth before the sun sets on Intentional Living. Feeling warm and happy after listening, I realize that this could very well be the start of a universal talent. Just shy of sounding like Julia Stone on helium, Gossling brings a quirky edge and something new to the often repetitive table of new Aussie music. With so much adorable poetry, groove and catchy pop goodness in there, we will all no doubt be hearing much more from this rising star.  
by Phoebe Spinks

April 19th 2012
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