Knee-deep in Scintillation, GEMS.

Knee-deep in Scintillation, GEMS.

D.C. duo GEMS, or ▼ ▲ GEMS ▼ ▲, or Lindsay Pitts and Cliff Usher are something of a rare breed of band in that with every side to their very opalescent craft they’ve now shed light upon since first unveiling Void Moon last winter, they’ve only become increasingly scintillating. And, lifted from this week’s four-track début Medusa EP, Ephemera may be their best to date, coruscating as it does along with the gauzy wash of plush, muffled synths, guitar lines full of Grace, and Pitts’ irreproachable vocal.

“I follow you out to the park at dusk/ Knee-deep in snow, imagine us in the old neighbourhood/ In a past life” she begins, her words shadowed by ghostly, icy sighs, before a full-on Tears For Fears radiance bursts through its chorus, and warms the work to its simmering core. And thus, as their back catalogue burgeons, it would appear increasingly unlikely for GEMS’ time in the figurative sun to be itself in any way ephemeral…

GEMS’ SoundCloud.

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