The Denver, CO based acoustic, rock collective Splitstep deliver a bright sound with their melodic choruses, musical builds and heartfelt lyrics. The band debuted their first song “Highway” in November of 2019, today they release “The Shoulder” to give a tease of what’s coming from their debut album Kaleidoscope out later this year.

Stream “The Shoulder” here –

See the video for “Highway” here:

At its core, Splitstep is guitarist/singer/songwriter Matt Golub and drummer Daniel Carrillo. Together, they are creating a musical collective by inviting a rotating cast of musicians and vocalists to join them in the crafting of their original music.

For their new song “The Shoulder”, local singer Ashlei Brianne joins Golub as the twosome seem to effortlessly blend their vocals in this vulnerable and honest song.  Also lending their musical chops to the song is Andy Sydow on piano, Kevin MacKinnon on bass and of course Daniel Carrillo on drums.

“It has been a couple years since my last long-term relationship, and through my experiences with dating, I’ve learned that something special doesn’t come unless you are willing to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s scary to let your guard down and to let someone into your world. It’s difficult not only to recognize, but also to be comfortable with the things that make you insecure and imperfect. Just as I struggle with being vulnerable, so too do many of the women that I have dated” explained Golub. “I have been extremely timid in showing my affection towards someone, especially in the era of “Me Too”. I’ve come to find that so many women have had multiple, uncomfortable, sexual experiences, and I would hate to personally cause another painful experience to be etched into their memory. Sometimes, this causes us both to hold back. Unfortunately, the struggle to be mutually vulnerable can hinder a budding relationship. That is what The Shoulder is about.”

When he’s not writing and recording, Matt is a medical student at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO. Daniel (aka BeatmasterD) is a well-known drummer in the Denver music scene who lends his talents to a variety of music projects.

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