Jul 26, 2011

Gem Club: 'Breakers' + 'Acid And Everything'

Boston's Gem Club make music which is minimal and atmospheric. But to me that phrase, 'minimal and atmospheric', is relative, for I feel that the more minimal something is the stronger the atmosphere which it creates. I should add the caveat that minimalism, minimalism which is striking, desires strength in it's parts. Those parts should have a distinct personality, and they should compliment each other... so to make a long idea short; minimalism is not easy to do well. Gem Club not only do it easily, they do do it well. So well in fact that they create not only the atmosphere, but the tiny planet on which the listener stands (if only for the length of a song); and that is no mean feat.

This is the title track off the full length, Breakers, out Sept. 27th on Hardly Art.

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And this is their full length from last year (July 2010).

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