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2014 Preview: Listen Out For #6 – GEMS

4 Dec


Throughout 2013, with each new track they released online, Washington DC duo GEMS delighted and enchanted in equal measure. Evidently they cannot make music that is anything less than heart-meltingly drop-dead gorgeous and ethereal.

Their sublimely cool and floaty dream pop has enraptured many a soul over the last few months, with blogs and listeners falling over themselves to drool at their feet of icy melody. We’re no different. The vocals are sweet and breathless, a whispered caress on a smooth gossamer breeze of synths and electronic beats. Weightless and elegant, like moments of purity handed down from above, unsullied and unspoiled for us to enjoy and bathe in their beauty.

The Medusa EP collates their tracks from the preceding months into one blissful listen of style, grace and soft focus dreaminess. Their tracks are like billowing lace curtains by an open window with gentle undulations reaching softly into the room, touching your ears like a kiss from a butterfly.

Yeah, it’s pretty lovely and with any luck GEMS will be able to build on a mesmeric EP and solid 2013 and rise up further into the clouds, maybe even with an album, next year.

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Listen: GEMS – “Medusa”

10 Oct

Gems Medusa

We may have only heard a handful of tracks so far from GEMS but already this Washington DC due appear incapable of making music that isn’t drop-dead gorgeous. The pair recently revealed their latest song, “Medusa”, but unlike the mythical being of the same name, exposure will melt your heart rather than turn you to stone.

Lindsay’s vocals are as sweet and breathless as ever, a whispered caress on a smooth gossamer breeze of synths and electronic beats. They are soft rain droplets falling to the bottom of a well, a chasm of beautiful melancholy. As you would expect, it induces a dreamlike state, a feeling of weightlessness as you are lifted gently above the ground, floating on wistful clouds and elegant melodies.

With “Medusa”, GEMS are further cementing their growing reputation as purveyors of exemplary, shimmering dream-pop. Listening to it is like getting into bed on a mild evening when the cool of the covers is so welcoming; you just wrap yourself up into a state of blissful comfort and everything feels right with the world.

”Medusa” is taken from of GEMS’ forthcoming debut EP of the same name which is due for release on 12 November.

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Listen: GEMS – “Sinking Stone”

19 Jul

GEMS Sinking Stone

After the gloriously heady disco infused delights from Summer Camp yesterday, it’s time we took a break from the heat and cooled down a little. We can’t think of any better way than with the ice like sound of GEMS and their stunning new track, “Sinking Stone”.

Regular readers may recall that we got rather excited a little while back when the Washington DC duo released the video for ”Pegasus” and with “Sinking Stone” they managed to stop us dead in our metaphorical tracks so we could take in all of its beauty.

In just four minutes of sublimely cool and shimmery dream pop, we are taken on a journey of hope and heartbreak. Lindsay’s soft caressing vocals tell the tale of a realisation that hurt has been caused and that repairing the damage is probably impossible, but the hope, futile as it is, remains. “Could you ever love me again? she sings, “I need to know / Our love’s not a sinking stone”

It’s a solitary biker, riding through the night on a deserted road trying to find the turn to redemption amongst the blackness, but finding only loneliness and despair instead. It’s gentle, fragile like the still lake of a heart that is about to be shattered by the stone that will indeed sink, never to be found again. It showcases control and confidence, style and grace and above all, the heart-stopping beauty that is fast becoming the GEMS calling card. It is a gorgeous track that demands your full attention. Stop, close your eyes, listen late at night and let the music take you places. You’ll like where you end up, no question.

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