Premiere: The Heavy Heat of Goldsmoke’s “I’m Not Looking” for Love Song

Goldsmoke © 2018
UK duo Goldsmoke’s pulsing new single “I’m Not Looking” paints a vibrant portrait of modern love in the age of dating apps and noncommittal romance.
RIYL: Aquilo, HONNE, Jack Garratt

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We can all agree that if there were such a thing as gold smoke, it would be a very expensive luxury commodity – the kind of thing that’s only available at Harrods and Bloomingdale’s, but never on sale. Lucky for us, UK’s Goldsmoke are non-exclusive – musically, and romantically. The duo’s pulsing new single “I’m Not Looking” paints a vibrant portrait of modern love in the age of dating apps and noncommittal romance.

I’ll take the rest from here
Now the dust is settling down I see my mind is clear
Now I know what your about
But in time, you and I will step outside
And we’ll make things come to life
But I know the truth that your just
Listen: “I’m Not Looking” – Goldsmoke

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “I’m Not Looking,” the brand new single from future-soul duo Goldsmoke (out 9 February 2018 via XVII Music Group). Consisting of London-based brothers Tom and Nick Shirm, Goldsmoke’s introduction over the past year has ranged from heavy funk (debut “Cold Call Lover”) to jazz fusion (“Where Do We Go”), electro-soul (“Like This”) and more. “Love-making, heartbreaking, soulshaking,” they croon in “Don’t Let Go,” a suave request for a lover to hold on tight.

Fallin in and fallin out
And acting kinda foolish
Life’s one big long to do list for you girl
We’ll get it right, we’ll get it wrong
We’ll make this all seem easy
I can only say, this ain’t no serenade

It would seem “I’m Not Looking” heralds a new message for Goldsmoke – that of letting go of love (or at least, reconfiguring our understanding of it). Whereas some previous singles have definitely reflected the suave sounds and lovelorn proclamations of the past – from Spyro Gyra and late-’80s Stevie Wonder, to Earth, Wind, and Fire – “I’m Not Looking” finds Goldsmoke looking in the other direction. Musically, we feel a heavy attention to detail in the production studio: From cold synth swells and warm horn blasts to glittering keys and vocal harmonies, everything feels well-blended and meticulously crafted. Similar to British peers Aquilo, HONNE and Jack Garratt, Goldsmoke take a style we thought we knew, and show us a whole new side full of refreshing nuance, youthful energy and passionate attitude.

Goldsmoke - I'm Not Looking

Goldsmoke – I’m Not Looking

It would seem “I’m Not Looking” heralds a new message for Goldsmoke – that of letting go of love (or at least, reconfiguring our understanding of it). Whereas some previous singles have definitely reflected the savory sounds and lovelorn proclamations of the past – from Spyro Gyra and late-’80s Stevie Wonder, to Earth, Wind, and Fire – “I’m Not Looking” finds Goldsmoke looking in the other direction. Musically, we feel a heavy attention to detail in the production studio: From cold synth swells and warm horn blasts to glittering keys and vocal harmonies, everything feels well-blended and meticulously crafted. Similar to British peers Aquilo, HONNE and Jack Garratt, Goldsmoke take a style we thought we knew, and show us a whole new side full of refreshing nuance, youthful energy and passionate attitude.

I’m not looking, I’m not looking, I’m not looking for love,” repeats a soulful, infectiously catchy chorus. The glitchy, glitzy, explosion of certainly sounds expensive, but Goldsmoke’s polish is authentic and all their own. They’ve consistently set a high bar for themselves, and continuously surpass our expectations.

Now I see it is clear
You and I play different games,
Though we play in similar ways,
running routines too frequently

It’s a sign, so do you mind if I steer,
’cause I can take it from here

Step aside and enjoy the ride, were just
Goldsmoke © 2017

Goldsmoke © 2017

“For the month of Valentine, this is our modern day love song, an ode to internet and app based dating,” the duo explain. Call it a love song for the anti-lovers, whatever; “I’m Not Looking” still feels crazily romantic, its synth-drenched melodies aching with sounds we’ve come to associate with love, sex and romance. The song appeals to both lovers and haters alike, and that’s just not something you find every day.

Radiating with the future of future-soul, Goldsmoke are one class-act you do not want to miss. Keep an eye on this Atwood Artist to Watch as they continue to deliver hot, sultry jams throughout the year – who knows? An EP or album may be just around the corner…

But hey, we’re not looking. Stream Goldsmoke’s latest single, exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

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