"In Roses" by Gem Club on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album, Gem Club take their delicately wrought chamber pop into more expansive territory with the aid of arranger/producer Minna Choi. Anyone who connected with the brooding intimacy and austere grace of the Boston trio’s earlier efforts will find those qualities more fully developed this time out. Singer/songwriter/pianist Christopher Barnes continues to trace the contours of heartache with a lyrical touch that both relishes and transcends suffering. His angelic falsetto gains greater definition from the vocal harmonies of Ieva Berberian, lending his oblique accounts of longing and loss more immediacy and weight. In Roses has a classical suite-like quality as it moves from a luminous overture (“

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album, Gem Club take their delicately wrought chamber pop into more expansive territory with the aid of arranger/producer Minna Choi. Anyone who connected with the brooding intimacy and austere grace of the Boston trio’s earlier efforts will find those qualities more fully developed this time out. Singer/songwriter/pianist Christopher Barnes continues to trace the contours of heartache with a lyrical touch that both relishes and transcends suffering. His angelic falsetto gains greater definition from the vocal harmonies of Ieva Berberian, lending his oblique accounts of longing and loss more immediacy and weight. In Roses has a classical suite-like quality as it moves from a luminous overture (“

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

32 Ratings

Beautiful, mellow and soothing.

Citytellers,

This is one of my favorite albums ever. It’s achingly beautiful, calming and incredibly well composed. Perfection from start to finish.

Beautiful/soothing/amazing.

Ashes412,

I love Gem Club their music touches me, makes me feel that happy calm like it's all going to be okay. A+

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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