Nathan Germick has today released his new video for the track titled ‘Happy Place’ from his upcoming album ‘Goldenboy’, out June 25th. Visually, the video has an endearing quality that captivates the viewer with an artistically telling collage. Musically, the subdued mix of electronic and pop have that happy feeling and sense of wonder and optimism with a signature sound that makes this the perfect introduction to ‘Goldenboy’. Just sit back and enjoy.
Despite his Northwest Indiana upbringing, musician Nathan Germick has spent most of his adult life in San Francisco. You can hear the influence of both places in his songwriting; the Midwestern honesty and vulnerability and the vibrant aesthetic of the Bay Area working hand in hand. And while his current home is known for its art and music scene, Germick makes no secret that the rise of technology there has put a squeeze on those creating there, himself included.
The struggle against a society dominated by technology is a core theme of his new album Goldenboy. Throughout the record, Germick explores the various internal and external obstacles we face on the way to becoming the best version of ourselves. Songs like “Spectacular Failure” and “For the Money” see him coming to terms with his insecurities and self-doubt. Goldenboy is sonically rich and quite diverse, calling to mind the reserved introspection of Sufjan Stevens at times, and then following up with the spirited experimentation of Passion Pit.
The record was made during Germick’s time in quarantine, and his experience of the unique event is reflected in it. He believes that isolation breeds introspection – “It’s an intensely personal experience because you’re trapped in your own head.” When you’re left to your own devices, it’s only natural to pour yourself honestly into your work. Though the album’s art may look like a depiction of triumph, it is instead intended to convey intimacy. In making the record, and taking an honest look at himself, he realized that doing what he wants is all the reward he needs. He hopes Goldenboy can help others do the same.