It’s been over a year since GEMS were last around, their spellbinding reworking of Seal’s 1993 single Don’t Cry having received its premiere in January 2014, several months after the launch of their debut EP Medusa.
That’s not to say that the Washington D.C. duo – aka Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher – have totally disappeared off the radar. A song called Scars was shared with fans last June, but is no longer on their Soundcloud page. Late last year, they played alongside Tei Shi and VÉRITÉ at U Street Music Hall in their hometown, shortly after they released a music video for their EP cut Sinking Stone. And, only last month, they joined English pop star Little Boots to open for her LA show at The Echo
But it’s new music from the pair that we are after. More of that mesmerizing material that they refer to as ‘shadow pop’. And we’re in luck because this week GEMS announced details of their debut studio album Kill The One You Love and premiered its lead single Living As A Ghost online.
The pair’s combination of translucent, ethereal vocals and lushly-textured, electronic and percussion production has never been anything short of magical and, whilst Lindsay is chief lead singer and Clifford takes charge of the production, they’ve also shown that when the vocals come together, they’re seamlessly synced.
The union of GEMS’ combined talents is as clear as ever on Living As A Ghost which builds upon the foundations set down in Medusa and makes for a haunting, yet utterly mesmerising taster for their first full length which will be released on 30 October via Carpark Records.