Gayngs – “One More Try” (George Michael Cover Feat. Har Mar Superstar) (Stereogum Premiere)

When one of this year’s 40 best new artists Gayngs — the expansive collective that has the Midwest and North Carolina as its geographical axes and smoothed-out but sharply produced soft-rock/R&B at its core — first turned up on these pages it was as a Band To Watch. Then we said “it’s OK to think about George Michael while listening.” After this reverent and soulful cover, in collaboration with Har Mar Superstar, you have no choice but to think of George Michael, or at least his voice and the 1988 Billboard #1 from the multi-billion selling Faith LP that inspired it. It’s a heartwrenching song of recurring relationship pains, and the inability to rehabilitate in the face of them, a backdrop that’s been given a touch of irony, or at least some unintentionally poetic dimension, after the Google Alert day George Michael’s had this Tuesday. He’ll get one more try after a month in prison, you should get it now, though — this is take is on point:

Gayngs – “One More Try (Feat Har Mar Superstar)”


That is a masterful 5 o’clock shadow, for the ages. Gayngs’ Relayted is out via Jagjaguwar. The band is going out on tour, here are the dates, all with Glasser:

09/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom*
09/30 – Chicago, IL @ Metro*
10/02 – Boston, MA @ Paradise*
10/03 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall*
10/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
10/05 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat*
10/06 – Carrboro NC @ Cat’s Cradle*
10/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival*
* w/ Glasser