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The D.C. duo GEMS work in the same spare, sensuous palette as The xx, though with a richer R&B aesthetic and a clear affinity for the groundbreaking, ethereal music of The Cocteau Twins. That said, GEMS exude an ineffable coolness and an inarguable uniqueness—which isn't surprising when you really examine their recipe. Singer/multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Pitts and multi-instrumentalist Clifford Usher push and pull, come together, and fall apart as cascading, lone guitar notes, glistening tendrils of keyboards, and beads of percussion surround them. Your earbuds might melt when you hear Usher croon, in a woodsy bass, “If you cry out, I’ll be there now” in answer to Pitts’ sad lament, “Time got away from me” on the splendid “Medusa.” Just as seductive is “Pegasus,” where her winsome longing is met with regrettable resistance: “I’ve given all I can/It’s not enough,” he offers, though the truth seems more complicated. A wondrous debut that tantalizes.

Customer Reviews

Everything I expected and more

I've been waiting a year for Gems to make an iTunes release. This EP is a great start. Gems is about to be my new favorite band. They put a new and interesting spin on the dream pop scene. Looking forward to seeing more from them

Perfect timing

I was introduced to GEMS about a month or so ago, and it was a breath of fresh air. The music came at a right time in life, and it has definitely helped me deal with what is going on... Nothing like great new music to take you away from your situations for a few minutes, and I appreciate GEMS for the escape! PLEASE BUY THIS EP!!! SUPPORT THIS GREAT BAND!!!

What a gorgeous album!

Listening to it makes everything feel right in this complicated world!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

GEMS is the ethereal pop project of singer/multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Pitts and multi-instrumentalist Clifford John Usher, who began playing music while attending the University of Virginia and earned some acclaim as the psych-folk project Birdlips in the late 2000s. By 2012, however, Usher and Pitts wanted to change their sound; after recording -- and scrapping -- an album's worth of garage rock-inspired songs, they began experimenting with a more streamlined, electronic-based approach. That...
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