I’ve found it. The perfect study location. High up, overlooking this red, brown and green city I can sit in peace with friends, taking it in turns to ferry cups of tea to each other. The large window pane in front of me gives a sense of separation from real life, as I watch cars, birds and the wind slowly circle. This separation is perfect for studying. I can attach myself to more abstract things without the hassle of worrying about bills and rent.
We got a message in our inbox a month or so ago (yes, we do actually read your emails!) which I’ve been meaning to post for a while – I can only apologise for not getting it to you sooner. I promise it’s worth the wait. The band is GEMS, and the duo of tracks are scintillating. Each summer a band seems to take up the helm of the good ship Dreamy Surf Pop and set its course in a new direction. GEMS certainly feel at the helm to me. Their latest track Pegasus flows between its various components so effortlessly, tied together by singer Lindsay’s breathy vocal lines. The lethargic instrumentation is complimented by the occasional and beautifully timed reverberating drums. All I Ever sets itself up with a similar beachy-vibe. The thing that really draws me to GEMS is the very conscious use of space and reverb. It’s something the XX excel at, and GEMS’ production feels so effortless, yet so controlled. It neither interferes with the captivating vocal melodies, nor does it fade into the background. All parts compliment each other perfectly. Go on and treat yourself.