"Acid and Everything" by Gem Club on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Boston duo Gem Club is two classically trained musicians: pianist/vocalist Christopher Barnes and cellist Kristen Drymala. This stunning debut is like the proverbial onion; the layers slowly peel away, accompanied by no shortage of tears and regret. One might presume a major heartbreak (or lousy childhood) was a catalyst for Gem Club’s formation, but whatever the inspiration these painfully delicate songs move with grace and precision, carefully constructed to allow breathing room between the lonesome, spare pianos and sighing cellos. Barnes’s vocals have a seriously heartrending quality, and he doles out his painterly lyrics slowly and deliberately, letting phrases like “I have never known anyone/I’ll sew these bones/before the dawn” settle in at their leisure. Buoyed by the relatively airy and nimble “Animals” and the sweet, ethereal title track, Acid and Everything comes across as a minimalist but weighty treasure chest of unspeakably lovely baubles, its sorrowful soul somehow at peace with the world.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Boston duo Gem Club is two classically trained musicians: pianist/vocalist Christopher Barnes and cellist Kristen Drymala. This stunning debut is like the proverbial onion; the layers slowly peel away, accompanied by no shortage of tears and regret. One might presume a major heartbreak (or lousy childhood) was a catalyst for Gem Club’s formation, but whatever the inspiration these painfully delicate songs move with grace and precision, carefully constructed to allow breathing room between the lonesome, spare pianos and sighing cellos. Barnes’s vocals have a seriously heartrending quality, and he doles out his painterly lyrics slowly and deliberately, letting phrases like “I have never known anyone/I’ll sew these bones/before the dawn” settle in at their leisure. Buoyed by the relatively airy and nimble “Animals” and the sweet, ethereal title track, Acid and Everything comes across as a minimalist but weighty treasure chest of unspeakably lovely baubles, its sorrowful soul somehow at peace with the world.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

21 Ratings

lyrically profound

Assumtion,

Three of the songs I have listened to on Gem Club s Breaker Album are excellent, and I listen to a review alot of music........this group is good and different. On 252 they sing " the cells of this body....have all lost their memory... confused by each other.On Red Arrow they sing: we are turning in the circle of the sun...we are falling into our new forms.. If you enjoy being moved by music this is good..(for working out it is good for iso workouts..)

About Gem Club

Combining airy vocals with orchestral arrangements, Gem Club delivers a polished take on dream pop. Formed in Somerville, Massachusetts, singer/pianist Christopher Barnes is the principal group member, but brought classically trained cellist/bells/singer Kristen Drymala into the fold after hearing her perform at a party. The pair self-released the Acid and Everything EP in summer 2010, catching the attention of Paste magazine’s blog, as well as taking the concept of bedroom recording a step further by packaging the disc with hand-stitched pillowcases. As the duo performed around Boston, alt-weekly the Phoenix crowned them Best New Act in its 2011 Best Music Poll, and full-length debut, Breakers, followed that September for the Hardly Art label. The group's sophomore outing, 2014's In Roses, was recorded at John Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone studios with the help of arranger/conductor Minna Choi. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

  • ORIGIN
    Somerville, MA
  • FORMED
    2010

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