“When making a faux documentary about musicians and/or the music industry, it takes quite a bit of originality not to be overshadowed by THIS IS SPINAL TAP. While scores of filmmakers have tried, only a few have succeeded, such as Woody Allen’s charming and underrated SWEET AND LOWDOWN or the hilarious SONS OF PROVO, which also used religion as its backdrop. So, when I state that writer/director/star JustinConnor’s new movie THE GOLDEN AGE compares handsomely to those titles, please note the revered talent he joins.
Each and every song written and performed for the film was catchy and playful, yet profound; striking a delicate balance of distinctive, but radio-friendly. They eloquently tie the themes, ideas, character progression, and styles of music together perfectly— the songs are amazing.
The movie’s secret weapon is Connor…He portrays Maya as a man of intense passion and beliefs, but never makes him pretentious or stuck up. As a director, he finds an emotional honesty that runs through the movie and he keeps things moving along nicely. Justin Connor is a force to be reckoned with who has a fulfilling career ahead of him.” -filmthreat.com
“Justin Connor’s music is mellow and contemplative, with dreamily pretty vocal harmonies and lyrics that are fairly abstract, often tastefully building from simple piano and vocals to full instrumentation…with sinuous violin lines, echoey electronic beeps and swooshes, his music is unearthly…it’s quite appealing.” -splendidezine.com
“Justin Connor’s music, though decidedly contemporary and rather quirky in it’s originality, is lush and lovely with production work that demonstrates how good he can get. There are surprises throughout with ambient sounds, layers of harmony, unexpected changes, and shifting dynamics. Yet with all of this, his music remains sufficiently pop, a collage of sections and sounds altogether like something from a nearly 70’s concept album.” -minor7th.com
“Gorgeous post-apocalyptic pop music. Justin Connor is well-schooled in the art of songwriting…the songs exude a kind of cheery melancholy that’s hard to describe any other way…the music is tragically beautiful. Songs for the end of the world – and end that you won’t mind at all.” -aidabet.com
“The music flows along in a drifting dream state, wrapped in the almost-whispered vocals of Justin Connor. It’s a fantastically depressing pop sound, and often finds its way out of melancholy into a bizarre acid trip…in a weird way, it all fits together and becomes downright mesmerizing.” -mishmashmusic.com