Historically, this precious metal has always been desired due to its relative rarity and attractive colour.
Fittingly, the cover artwork of Danish soul singer Nanna.B new EP Golden* does indeed look desirable as it gleams in pure golden hues.
Now based in LA, does Nanna's five-track EP contain any musical nuggets within this shiny exterior?
Lovers of the award-winning Swedish band The Magnolia will instantly recognise the vocals of Arvid Nero as he launches his debut three-track solo EP - Introducing Arvid Nero.
We don't think we're the only ones who shed a tear when news broke that members of The Magnolia were heading in new directions. Keeping bands together is always difficult, even more so in today's world, so we're just grateful for the extraordinary music they created.
Now solo, Gothenburg based singer/writer Arvid Nero picks up his guitar and presents his personal expression.
And in fact, where are all the bands?
Good question, I'm sure you'd agree. However, I'm not going to start disassembling the music business and demonstrate how the major corporations have a monopoly on all commercial music. That's a discussion for another day.
However, I do want to talk about a band who've released their new EP Genuine, and a singer who's voice cannot be mistaken for anyone else.
The band are The Napkins with lead vocals by Charlotta Kerbs.
Inspired by the sounds of Bilal, Andersen Park, Frank Ocean, D'Angelo and Thundercat, Tears (To Water Her Roses) is a beautifully titled, lyrically engaging track. Deftly produced by Lush Reality, the tight soulful rhythm builds to a dynamic and passionate crescendo.
Released with the digital track is a creative music video, filmed and directed by band members Ölle Häggberg and August Campeotto. In the video hooded lead singer Bobby Bovell (who we discovered as a solo singer) meanders against the backdrop of Copenhagen's futuristic urban architecture.
If her debut was an announcement of the promise to come, then We Got It, cements that promise.
Snoh Aalegra keep’s the intoxicating goodness coming in the shape of two single releases from the second of her proposed trilogy of Mini Albums, following part one of her critically acclaimed ‘Don’t Explain’ Mini Album released in the middle of 2016.
Awash with emotion, Feels, released towards the tail end of 2016, is a poignant mid-tempo melodic slice of Motown’ish Soul. The track treads the lyrically familiar path of realised longing, yet Snoh elevates this theme into something wondrous.