The slow-tide rhythms and atmospheric music on "Golden" wonderfully encapsulate the dizzying euphoria of a heady new love affair, something also reflected in the lyrics. "Foolin' around/Ain't got nothing to say/But the silence is golden, baby/In this two-person parade," Sullivan woozily sings to begin the song. The lyrics also capture the mix of caution and hope that comes in the early stages of being love-drunk: "Nothin' golden can stay/Or are we just that crazy," she sings.
"Golden" was engineered by Alessandro Corona, who also plays drums and bass on the track. Sullivan and Corona are joined on the song by guitarist Matt Meldon and harpist Victoria Lekson, while fellow local singers Kate Wakefield, Brianna Kelly, Sara Hutchinson and Jess Lamb join in on the ethereal vocal hook in the song's chorus.
"Golden" follows Sullivan's late-2019 single "Into the Vessel." She recently told Audiofemme that she's working toward releasing a full-length album and will likely release a few more singles in the coming months.
Sullivan headlines a free show this Saturday, Feb. 22 at MOTR Pub with her band featuring Corona, Meldon and Meldon's bandmate in WHY?, Doug McDiarmid. Brianna Kelly and Columbus' Nothin' will also perform.