Live Video: GEMS

Live Video
02/19/2016
Scott Kulicke
photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Dazzling D.C. duo GEMS stopped by KEXP’s new home, filling our cavernous live room with their spacious and glimmering dream pop. Singer/keyboardist Lindsay Pitts and singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Clifford John Usher released their debut LP, Kill the One You Love, after writing together for years and putting out the critically acclaimed Medusa EP. Their timing was perfect: as the blogosphere becomes saturated with female-singer electronic duos, Pitts avoids the vocally waifish trend plaguing the genre and instead fills their reverb-drenched sonic space with the confidence of an ’80s diva. Despite a thoroughly modern sound steeped in electronica, something waxes nostalgic, and the two share a longing with Cheryl Waters for the album-centric days of yore. There couldn't be a more valuable use of your time then watching GEMS in-studio at KEXP now.

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