Dream-wave/shadow-pop Washington, D.C. duo GEMS are as heavy in sentiment as they are with their bass and synth. Dark and brooding, their sound ebbs and flows over a landscape of plaintive love and hurt, serving up airy vocals and deep, rolling beats. Phantogram and Purity Ring fans, be merry. GEMS released their debut EP, Medusa, last fall, and a cover of Seal’s 1995 hit “Don’t Cry,” shortly on its heels. Today, the band dropped a new song, “Scars,” which you can check out, along with tour dates, below.

Tour Dates (w/ Hundred Waters):
06/22 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
06/23 Austin, TX @ Red 7
06/24 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
06/25 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
06/27 Gainsville, FL @ High Dive
06/28 Orlando, FL @ The Social
06/30 Athens, GA @ The Earl
07/02 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

GEMS’ Medusa EP is out now on Never Age.

Comments (3)
  1. What the fuck is dream-wave and shadow-pop, and how do we stop the senseless coining of phrases that suddenly “become” music subgenres (or in this case, sub-subgenres)?

    • I know it seems kind of silly but I’ve never had a problem with trying to be more descriptive. Before listening to this track “dream-wave” and “shadow-pop” actually gave me a decent idea of what I was in for.

  2. It sounds as though Heaven Or Las Vegas is the only album these people have ever owned.

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