FOOL’S GOLD is a Los Angeles collective that weaves together western pop aesthetics with African rhythms and melodies.
The group started as a side project of two young LA musicians, vocalist/bassist Luke Top and lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov. They set out to explore their shared love of African music (specifically Congolese, Ethiopean, Eritrean & Malian) and added Krautrock and 80s dance influenced pop music. They quickly wrote a few inspired songs and asked friends join.
“We are serious students of this music – the inherent polyrhythms, lilting yet catchy melodies and deep, driving beats,” says Pesacov. “There is definitely an element to our songs that makes people want to dance, there is also something deeper and more purposeful going on, akin to the early spirit of The Smiths – kind of like if Morrissey fronted the Congotronics.”
Lewis, raised on reggae and world music, holds a degree in classical music. Luke, born in Israel (his mother is from Iraq/father from Russia) moved to Los Angeles at the age of three, instinctively alternates verses between Hebrew and English.