Billboard FYI Track of the Week: Boy Golden, "Aeroplane Song"
Each week, the Billboard FYI Digest spotlights one Canadian song on our radar. This week, a warm and easygoing tune from a Winnipeg singer-songwriter to cure the November blahs.
As the dreary days of November take a toll, a new track from Boy Golden, a purveyor of musical sunshine, is to be welcomed with open ears.
This eclectic Americana-accented singer-songwriter from Winnipeg first shone on the 2021 debut album, Church Of Better Daze, and subsequent videos, new material, and extensive touring have seen critics and other listeners succumb to his good-natured charm. He released an EP, For Jimmy, back in July, and now comes back with a fresh cut in “Aeroplane Song” on Six Shooter Records.
A label press release explains the theme of the song this way: “There’s something really special about a reunion at the airport after being away, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve been home. Tiredness and tension melt away when those loving arms wrap around you. Boy Golden’s 'Aeroplane Song' is that tender embrace, a lullaby for dreamy lovers and kindly travellers on their way to be with someone special.”
That’s a situation most of us can relate to, and Boy Golden explores it with typical finesse. There’s a Western swing meets Hawaiian vibe to the sound, with the twin baritone guitars of Austy P and Ooly leading the way. Boy Golden’s easygoing and warm delivery perfectly suits the sentiment of the song, and the result would suit sipping on a pina colada. Or, given the Jimmy Buffett comparison this tune may elicit, a margarita.
Boy Golden plays a hometown Winnipeg show at The Burton Cummings Theatre on Nov. 24, the final night of a lengthy North American tour.