‘the horses in my heart are chained’

Gem Club – Breakers
(Hardly Art, 2011)

Beautiful. Cold.  Haunting.  Quiet.  These are all words that accurately describe the debut full length from Somerville, MA‘s Gem Club.  A collection of minimal, piano-driven compositions featuring Christopher Barnes‘ forlorn figures skating across the ice of an abandoned lake.  Kristen Drymala thaws her frozen fingers on the cello, providing just enough warmth to allow a realization that we are not alone afterall.   I have read ‘quiet is the new loud‘ in too many reviews lately, but it really does apply here.  There is so much emotion packed tightly into these nine tracks that you would be forgiven for completely losing yourself in the world beyond the words.

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