Golden Suits Announce New Album “Kubla Khan” Out October 7. Share New Track, Announce Tour Dates

Fred Nicolaus – co-founder of the band Department of Eagles and main force behind Golden Suits – is happy to announce the forthcoming release of a new album Kubla Khan. The album will be out October 7 via Hit City U.S.A. and marks the first Golden Suits album for the label.

Today Golden Suits reveal the shimmering standout single “Gold Feeling” and Nicolaus states, “I wrote ‘Gold Feeling’ in the last few weeks of a recording process that started one year earlier with a gloomy despair ballad.  The song makes me think of the distance covered over that time-the shedding of layers and layers of contemplative folky doom to get to something fun and loose and free. I always complicate things (in music/life) by trying to be clever and ‘sophisticated,’ so it felt really good to do something simple and true-I did really want to dance that night.”

“Gold Feeling” was written and recorded in the final week of Kubla Khan‘s year-long making and highlights a big and colorful sound that is sprinkled throughout the album.

LISTEN to “Gold Feeling” via Spotify

LISTEN to “Gold Feeling” via Soundcloud

“Gold Feeling” is the second track that has been shared from Kubla Khan.

Golden Suits are also happy to announce a Fall tour that kicks off October 4 at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA. The tour includes stops at NYC’s Mercury Lounge on October 7 and The Resident in Los Angeles on November 14. The full tour is listed below.

Fred Nicolaus has mostly been known for contemplative, folk-inflected music. Heavy on nostalgia and literary allusion, his first solo album was centered around a breakup and an obsession with a book of short stories by John Cheever. Some of that vibe remains (Kubla Khan’s title track is a knotty reference to a classic poem) but this album is a trip into more open-hearted territory: it’s not about finessing a chord voicing anymore, it’s about taking a risk on a big chorus. There’s romance and dancing; ’80s Bruce Springsteen is involved.

Written in a freewheeling year following the dissolution of a long-term relationship, the material addresses the woozy highs and lows of a second adolescence spent in the bars, parks and apartments of New York. Musically, Nicolaus was influenced by a few classic touchstones (Born in the USA, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney’s Ram), but mainly the songs were made with a kitchen sink-ish “if it feels good, let’s do it” mentality, whether that’s Van Halen-style guitar tapping, piano slides, or a German prose poem read by Nicolaus’ father in the bridge of a song.

Produced by Fraser McCulloch, Kubla Khan was recorded in an enormous, drafty church in Brooklyn, with Nicolaus playing most instruments himself (David Christian, who plays with Hospitality, Airwaves and Sam Cohen, filled in on drums).



Oct. 4 * Philadelphia, PA * Johnny Brenda’s

Oct. 5 * Washington D.C. * Black Cat

Oct. 7 * New York, NY * Mercury Lounge

Oct. 8 * Boston, MA * Cafe 939

Oct. 10 * Toronto, ON * The Drake

Oct. 11 * Chicago, IL * Schubas

Nov. 14 * Los Angeles, CA * Resident

Nov. 15 * San Francisco, CA * Swedish American Hall

Nov. 17 * Portland, OR * Bunk Bar

Nov. 18 * Seattle, WA * Barboza

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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