Holy Golden is the multifaceted musical world of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti. The two met serendipitously during a lunar eclipse on the island of Martha's Vineyard when Leslie, an actress visiting from Los Angeles, happened to walk into the record store where Andrew was working. The two immediately clicked and soon began crafting mythological mini-worlds into music, music videos, short films, and photo stories. Holy Golden's distinct sound blends euphoric dream-pop with lo-fi garage rock to create a sound that feels both vulnerable and mysterious. They've been likened to The Cranberries, Beach House, and even Dolly Parton backed by the Jesus and Mary Chain. Their creative process is a labyrinthian breadcrumb trail fueled by their deepest sorrows and brightest fantasies, which ultimately leads them towards an imaginative musical kingdom.
After Andrew decided to leave behind a career in tractor driving and farming on the island, they moved to Detroit together and started recording their first songs from the living room of Leslie’s Mom’s house. Their first album, ‘Fun Sucker’ was recorded from a garage in Los Angeles. Their second album ‘Wax Castle’ was released to worldwide acclaim and then put out by Wallflower Records after their first US tour. Their EP ‘The Licking River’ mixed at ‘Machines With Magnets’ (Battles, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) was named by a number of music blogs as one of the top indie EPs of 2017. Within their first year of performing live, they have traveled throughout the US on two national tours. Their new album, "Otherworld", recorded from a historic ballroom in Newport, Rhode Island was produced by Steve Rizzo (Belly, Kristen Hirsch) and released February 2018.
The duo is constantly evolving and creating new material. With many music videos, short films, photo stories, and fashion editorials under the belt - they have developed a distinct vision and world of their own. They recently began an episodic series of creepy and whimsical one-minute shorts which they film and score. They are currently back in the studio recording their next EP and are planning to tour extensively throughout 2018 and hopefully find time to film a feature-length movie at some point in the near future.
“Brilliant in so many ways.” DIY MAGAZINE
"Holy Golden’s film, sound, and photography all make it clear that Holy Golden are far from holding back on their dreams." ROOKIE MAG
“A sepia-toned montage of all the best parts of your teenage years, melded together into one overarching, cohesive filmic entity. Sound good? It is.” SAVAGE THRILLS
“With a strong dream pop vibe, the track is reminiscent of contemporaries like Best Coast or Lush.” SURVIVING THE GOLDEN AGE