The homespun music of family-oriented indie folk group GoldenOak provides evidence that the dense woods of Portland, Maine, might just be a better muse than the slick streets of New York and LA.
GoldenOak is driven by the songwriting and harmonies of the Maine-based brother-sister duo Zak and Lena Kendall. In many ways, the themes of their music are driven by their home base. “Maine is such an interesting place to be an artist,” Zak says. “It’s so remote in a lot of ways. And the landscape and the woods are so inspiring.”
After a bit of a recording hiatus and a shift in personnel, the group is back with an enchanting pair of songs. “River” and “Poet and the Painter” find this collective simultaneously building on previous strengths while also striking out in an interesting new direction.