Hyperbolic though this particular commendation may be, I honestly can’t think of another ensemble better equipped to haul down the heartstrings currently than Somerville trio, Gem Club. And were Braid, another from their long-awaited sophomore full-length In Roses, any more porcelaneous, it would likely shatter to smithereens within seconds of any which listener pressing play. Almost impossible fragile, it may be frail. It’s incontrovertibly faint. And yet, as mourning strings and shivering rhythms begin to belatedly surge, it suddenly feels reinforced to exceptionally robust extent. “There’s time enough for us to fall into a dream” they chime in chorus, and yet even from a very first airing of Braid, you feel as though you’re already away in some oneiric realm where “everything is Heaven.” Quite, if quietly, divine.
In Roses is ready for plucking January 28th, via Hardly Art.