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The first single “Dancers and Queens”, leads the way in this regard. The song lauds those who Goud sees as having taken the less conventional path in life, a group of which he considers himself and some of those closest around him to be members. Of the song, Goud remarks. “I have wrestled with fear and guilt as I have grown into the person I am today. I have tried my best to be open to where my heart, mind and soul was leading me to in my life up to this point. The story and visuals of a youthful traveller resonates with me even now, since I am still on my journey to find more Dancing and to find that hidden gem that is a crown that fits only me.”
Subsequent singles, “Keep On Saying Goodbye”, a song about real or imagined borders in a relationship, and “Nine To Midnight” which explores the sacrifices that parents make to provide for their families, continue this theme of personal yet relatable stories. This is something Northcote has endeavoured to capture in his songs throughout his career and has achieved in spades with this new batch of songs. If there is a hallmark to the new material beyond his distinguished voice, it’s the stories he has been able to tell.
With roots in mid-western Canada and having lived in over a dozen places during his time as Northcote, Goud has settled in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife where he does social work while not on the road. His outward dedication to the community, especially marginalized communities is commendable, and finds its roots in his faith upbringing. This of course weaves itself into the fabric of his songs as well.
With no touring for the foreseeable future, Northcote is without one of his most powerful points of connection with fans, new and old. Having toured from small clubs, to beautiful churches and alternative spaces, to some of the biggest concert halls in the world, Goud is routinely praised for his ability to make any venue an intimate, personal affair. Performing solo, or along with accompaniment in a duo or quartet format, Goud’s presence on stage is equally captivating. As we all hope for the quick containment of the global pandemic, Goud yearns for the opportunity to get back on the road to share these songs and these stories with audiences around the world.