GEMS: Medusa EP

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GEMS: Medusa EP 

 

“GEMS at times resembles both Beach House and the xx, but its song structures are more rhapsodic, lingering over obsessions . . . it’s Ms. Pitts’s voice that carries most of the torchy, almost proud tidings of lost love above stately, booming beats and chiming guitars or keyboards, pining — the way the broken-hearted pine — over possibilities that might be lost.” New York Times

 “GEMS exude sophistication . . . lush and atmospheric, ‘Pegasus’ instrumentation – sparkling synths, a slinky and sensual bass line, icy guitars – makes this music to fuel the heartbroken and hopeful.” Pitchfork

 “Their loveliest, most cinematic work yet in the ethereal, woozily sexy title track” Gorilla vs. Bear

 “One of the more talked-about bands of the fest.” Brooklyn Vegan

 “Everything this Washington, DC-based duo has treated us on so far has been of an excellence you only hear very rarely – true craftsmanship.” Disco Naïveté

 “One of the US’ most exciting new bands.” This Is Fake DIY

 “A band clearly on its way up.” Washington Post

 

One of this year’s breakouts at New York’s CMJ and a duo rising with spectacular momentum, GEMS are today excited to share details and the full tracklisting of their upcoming debut EP, Medusa, out digitally November 12th, 2013.

The DC-based duo comprised of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John, GEMS have developed their own brand of intoxicating, cinematic dream-pop that is at once, both deeply heartbreaking and romantic. The four tracks on Medusaweave a dark web of intimate male and female vocals, hazy guitars and lush synthesizers, with songs that are tragic, haunting, and tinged with melancholy and existential longing.

Formed in 2012, GEMS have been catching attention for their gorgeous, streamlined melodies, lushly crafted self-production, notable aesthetic and intensely soulful, chemistry-laden live shows. A standout at CMJ, The New York Times noted, “GEMS at times resembles both Beach House and the xx, but its song structures are more rhapsodic, lingering over obsessions . . . it’s Ms. Pitts’s voice that carries most of the torchy, almost proud tidings of lost love above stately, booming beats and chiming guitars or keyboards, pining — the way the broken-hearted pine — over possibilities that might be lost.”

With newest single “Medusa,” Pitchfork love the “soaring, emotionally laden vocal take from Pitts, a guitar line that hangs glittering in space, booming low-end rhythms that bloom like black dahlias. Rich with dark, doomed glamour, the song proves worthy of its namesake, the serpent-haired Greek mythical creature who could turn humans to stone with her direct gaze, as ‘Medusa’ is nearly as transfixing.”

In anticipation of Medusa‘s release this November, GEMS will play two special record release shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and U Street Music Hall in DC, with dates below and more to come.

 

Stream “Medusa”

Watch Official Video for “Pegasus” (dir. GEMS)

Stream “Sinking Stone” Off Medusa

Stream “Pegasus” Off Medusa

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