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The Golden Dregs
Founded in Falmouth, Cornwall in 2013, the GOLDEN DREGS is the project of Benjamin Woods, songwriter and producer currently residing in South London. Under the moniker he has released two albums in quick succession, Lafayette (2018) and Hope Is For The Hopeless (2019) before signing to 4AD for 2023's 'On Grace & Dignity'
'On Grace & Dignity'’s origins lie in winter 2020 when Woods lost his job in lockdown and moved back to his parents’ house. The only work he could get was as a labourer on a poorly run building site on the grimmest outskirts of town. “It was such a bleak winter – waist-deep in mud digging holes and rolling out turf on top of building waste, grim stuff, which became the backdrop to the stories I was trying to write,”.
In among the personal reflections on loss of innocence and inferiority, Woods spins subtly interweaving narratives about survival, desperate acts of violence, loss and the limitations of community in the face of rapacious gentrification. Nevertheless, it is, appropriately for an album about home, somewhere you’ll want to spend a while.
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