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Gem Club – “Braids” Video

Massachusetts chamber-pop trio Gem Club released their album In Roses a year and a half ago, but they’re just now getting around to dropping a video for their hushed, lovely single “Braid.” The clip, from director Christian Palmer, is a surreal romantic vision that tells the story of a boy with a reptilian monster mask… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 12:38 pm

Gem Club – “Braid” (Stereogum Premiere)

Gem Club make mournful, beautifully arranged chamber pop that brings to mind the early work of Low, like on the previously released “Polly.” With minimal instrumentation, this latest cut “Braid” uses sobering piano melodies to pull you in while the trio of vocals from Christopher Barnes, Kristen Drymala, and Ieva Berberian maintain a ghostly presence… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 8, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Gem Club – “Polly”

Boston’s Gem Club is gearing up to release sophomore LP In Roses early next year, the follow up to 2011’s minimal orchestral-piano dream Breakers. The album’s final track, “Polly,” suggests this new record will be as absolutely gorgeous as the first. It’s a spectacular seven-minute sprawl of synths, strings, and mournful piano. Download it below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013 - 4:28 pm

CMJ 2011: Class Superlatives & Our Finest Photos

We’re on the other side of CMJ now, which you could probably tell by the uptick in the music news cycle, or by some bloggers’ (could be any bloggers, no way to know who I am talking about) bleary eyes and corresponding level of risibility. Stereogum threw a couple of parties early on, then shifted… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 24, 2011 - 6:19 pm