Song of the Week: ‘Outside’ by Les Gold

The indie rock collective's enthralling single marries campy noir with SoCal sun.

By Conner Reed December 24, 2021

Welcome to PoMo's second consecutive song of the week about bodies in a bag! We love a theme, 'tis the season, etc. 

This time, it's by Les Gold, a Portland indie rock collective we have no choice but to believe takes its name from the Hardcore Pawn star. Released over the summer, "Outside"—the body bag song in question—wound up landing on the group's October EP The Gloom Room, and we've found ourselves looping it incessantly in recent days. 

The track kicks off with a reverb-heavy spaghetti western guitar line and then slides into buoyant handclaps. That tension—between high-camp gloom and unabashed joy—persists throughout, particularly in the hook: "Outside, outside my window / There's a body in a bag," the group sings together over uncomfortably sunny sonics. "Inside, I've got a feeling / It's the worst I've ever had." 

For three too-short minutes, Les Gold delivers gleam and gloom, evoking the morbid silliness and emotional vertigo of our seemingly endless pandemic life. Maybe it hits especially hard in the days of omicron; maybe I've just been itching for something this bleak that can still legally be considered surf rock.

You can check out the full track below, and while you're at it, toss a like to our Songs of the Week Spotify playlist further down—updated every Friday: 

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