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Critics say: Somerville, Mass., soft-focus pop duo Gem Club are Christopher Barnes and Kristen Drymala. Together, they create cavernous-sounding piano-based ballads that, despite their earthly trappings, feel truly ethereal, as if they're being piped in from another planet bereft of gravity. Gem Club buries vague but revealing lyrics in delicate, sometimes somber, sometimes lighthearted melodies. There is a balance between pain and hope, a sense of growth and catharsis spawned from harder days, all complemented by the breathy vocals and symphonic instrumentation.
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Good stuff. Not exactly workout music for your sweaty gym visits. Maybe better suited for writing suicide notes or in between illegally downloading Cure records. I likes it...
Its quiet restraint (the cello and piano are as much the stars as the gorgeous vocals) should not fool you. This is a very passionate album and a wonderful balm for a soul yearning for healing.
I purchased the entire MP3 album because every single track is worth its weight in gold. So if any are more outstanding than others, it's more a matter of which ones speak most to the individual listener. In my case, it's: "Breakers," "Lands," "I Heard The Party" (oh. my. gosh.), "Black Ships" and "252." Whenever someone says today's music is just awful, I silently wish I could correct them and just say they're listening in the all wrong places. Gem Club is the perfect antidote to everything that is wrong in so much of today's music scene.