The Golden Filter

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The Golden Filter
The Golden Filter performing on The Presets' tour at The Mod Club in Toronto, April 6, 2009
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Synth-pop,[1] nu-disco, techno
Years active 2008–present
Labels Optimo Music, Vinyl Factory, Dummy, Brille, Perfectly Isolated
Members Penelope Trappes
Stephen Hindman

The Golden Filter is an American/Australian electronic music duo from New York City, formed in 2008, now based in London. The band consists of Penelope Trappes and Stephen Hindman.


Lead singer Penelope Trappes grew up in Lismore, near Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia,[2] while analogue synth programmer and producer Stephen Hindman is originally from Ohio, United States.[3]

They produced their debut single, "Solid Gold", in July 2008,[4][5] after being influenced by italo mix CDs given to them by Josh Cheon (Dark Entries records). "Solid Gold" was eventually released on February 15, 2009 on Dummy Records.[6][7] Its video was filmed in Australia, near Melbourne.[3] They have also remixed tracks for artists such as UNKLE, Cut Copy, Empire of the Sun, Peter Bjorn and John, and Yeasayer.

The Golden Filter performed at the SXSW Music Festival at least seven times in March 2009,[8] and toured North America with The Presets between March 30 and April 20, 2009, performing on sixteen dates altogether.[9] They have also done two short UK tours and a European festival tour in 2010.

They appeared at the Iceland Airwaves Festival on October 16, 2009.[10] On November 16, their second single, "Thunderbird", was released by Dummy.[11]

Their debut album, Voluspa, released on the UK label Brille Records on April 26, 2010, is named after the ancient Nordic poem Völuspá which relates the story of the creation of the world and its coming end.[12] Promotion of Voluspa started on January 16, 2010 with a fifty-second viral video called "Open Your Eyes".[13]

In 2011, The Golden Filter collaborated with Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli to create a ten-minute short film titled Syndromes.[14] The film stars Emma Aars and is set in a small town in Norway where "a young girl with a secret talent finds herself unwillingly entwined in an elite underworld of healing that only the ailing wealthy are aware of."[15][16] The narrative is based on the song "Mother", whose lyrics "revolve around a beautifully tragic personal story about the fear of inevitable loss."[15] The film was released on 10 October 2011 as a CD/DVD package on the duo's own Perfectly Isolated label, along with an accompanying soundtrack featuring six original songs, which was also released digitally as well as in a special limited vinyl and art edition of 300 copies, including an exclusive poster hand-signed by the duo.[14] The vinyl edition is housed in a gatefold sleeve, and also includes a DVD of the film.[14] "Mother" was released digitally on September 11, 2011.[17]

On Dec 25 2013, The Golden Filter released Unselected Works Vol I for free online, followed by Vol's II and III in 2014. They were released on vinyl and digitally on July 4, 2014 by The Vinyl Factory / Perfectly Isolated. The Unselected Works series is three albums worth of studio-recorded songs that never found a home on previous nor future albums.

In 2015 The Golden Filter started releasing music on Optimo Music. PS1103, a 4 track EP, was released in 2015, and their 'official' second album, Still // Alone, was released on February 24, 2017. End Of Times, a 4 track EP released on November 10, 2017.


Studio albums[edit]

Mini albums / EPs[edit]

  • Syndromes (2011 - The Vinyl Factory)
  • PS1103 (2015 - Optimo Music)
  • End Of Times (2017 - Optimo Music)
  • Dub Of Times (2018 - Optimo Music)


  • "Solid Gold" (2009)
  • "Thunderbird" (2009)
  • "Hide Me" (2010)
  • "White Nights" (2010)
  • "Mother" (2011)
  • "Kill Me" (2012)
  • "Quiet Town" (2012)
  • "Start Over" (2015)
  • "Dust" (2017)
  • "End Of Times" (2017)
  • "Aya" (2018)

Compilation appearances[edit]

Title Year Album Artist(s)
"Solid Gold" 2009 Infinity +1[18] A-Trak
"Favourite Things" Kitsuné Maison Compilation 7[19] Various
"Solid Gold" Sisters[20]
"Solid Gold" (Extended Version) Mashed 5[21] Beni and Miami Horror
"Solid Gold" Leave Them All Behind III[22] Various
"Solid Gold" (Extended Version) Chillout Sessions XII[23]
"Solid Gold" 2010 UNKLE 2010 US Tour Sampler[24] Various
"Nerida's Gone" 2010 UNKLE 2010 US Tour Sampler[25] Various


Title Year Artist
"Far Away"[26] 2008 Cut Copy
"Lay It Down"[27] 2009 Peter Bjorn and John
"Please Don't Touch"[28] Polly Scattergood
"We Are the People"[29] Empire of the Sun
"New in Town"[30] Little Boots
"Dead Disco Dancer"[31] O. Children
"Follow Me Down"[32] 2010 Unkle
"Madder Red"[33] Yeasayer
"Excuses"[34] The Morning Benders
"I've Got Your Music"[35] 2012 Saint Etienne
"I Don't Want To Watch You Read" 2016 Marc Houle
"Another View" 2017 Curses
"Black Magic" 2017 Kasper Bjørke and Colder


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  2. ^ Burgess, John (February 11, 2009). "The Golden Filter "We love secrets!"". Dummy. Retrieved May 22, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Morris, Dave (April 1, 2009). "The Golden Filter". Eye Weekly. Star Media Group. Retrieved May 10, 2009. 
  4. ^ Stein, Erik (June 2009). "The Golden Filter". Glass. London: 89. ISSN 2041-6318.  External link in |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Robinson, Peter (February 14, 2009). "Peter Robinson's new releases review – The Golden Filter, Solid Gold (Dummy)". The Guardian. Retrieved May 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Solid Gold: The Golden Filter". Amazon MP3 UK. Retrieved May 8, 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Golden Filter – Solid Gold". Dummy. 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Music Festival Schedule". 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2009. 
  9. ^ "New Polly Scattergood – "Please Don't Touch (The Golden Filter Pop Mix)"". Stereogum. March 30, 2009. Retrieved May 21, 2009. 
  10. ^ "The 11th Iceland Airwaves Festival will be held 14th – 18th October: First names announced". Iceland Airwaves. June 25, 2009. Archived from the original on July 5, 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 
  11. ^ Jones, Charlie Robin (September 21, 2009). "The Golden Filter: "It's always good to stretch your wings."". Dummy. Retrieved September 25, 2009. 
  12. ^ Kelly, Brad (January 22, 2010). "The Golden Filter Ready 'Voluspa' Début". Strangeglue. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  13. ^ "open your eyes..." YouTube. January 16, 2010. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c "The Golden Filter ready SYNDROMES film and special vinyl edition". Fact. The Vinyl Factory. September 12, 2011. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "TGF – Synopsis". Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  16. ^ Peterson, Andy (December 7, 2011). "The Golden Filter – Syndromes Album Review". Retrieved January 8, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mother – Single by The Golden Filter". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Infinity +1: A-Trak". Amazon MP3. Retrieved May 8, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Various - Kitsuné Maison Compilation 7". 
  20. ^ "Sisters: Various Artists". Amazon MP3 UK. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Mashed 5 mixed by Beni and Miami Horror". Ministry of Sound Australia. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Various Artists – Leave Them All Behind III". Modular Recordings. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Chillout Sessions 12". Ministry of Sound Australia. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  24. ^ "UNKLE - 2010 US Tour Sampler". 
  25. ^ "UNKLE - 2010 US Tour Sampler". 
  26. ^ "Far Away: Cut Copy". Amazon MP3 UK. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  27. ^ Brandon (January 21, 2009). "New Peter Bjorn & John – "Lay It Down (The Golden Filter Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Please Don't Touch: Polly Scattergood". Amazon MP3 UK. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  29. ^ "We Are the People (Remixes) by Empire of the Sun". iTunes Store Australia. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  30. ^ Brandon (April 13, 2009). "Golden Filter, Fred Falke Remix Little Boots' "New In Town"". Stereogum. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Dead Disco Dancer (Remixes) – EP by O. Children". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Follow Me Down (feat. Sleepy Sun) – EP by UNKLE". iTunes Store Australia. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Madder Red: Yeasayer". Amazon MP3. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  34. ^ Jessica (November 17, 2010). "The Golden Filter Remix the morning benders". Stereogum. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Hear The Golden Filter's take on Saint Etienne's 'I've Got Your Music'". Fact. The Vinyl Factory. May 8, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 

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