Posted April 11, 2017 by Mike Mineo in Post-Punk + Shoegaze

GEMS – “Poison”

For the past five full moons, GEMS have released a new single. “Poison”, the fifth and most recent single from the Los Angeles-based act’s Every Full Moon series, is a track that’s simultaneously haunting and addictive. Electronic-tinged post-punk surrounds airy vocals, that show departure as an imminent fixture of the night. “Goodbye, I’m leaving / Tonight, there’s poison in your eyes,” they repeat during the hook. There’s a bit of a dream-pop allure in the vocal delivery, reminiscent of Carpark Records labelmates Beach House, though certainly brisker and more pop-centric in the general structure and tone. Embodying the “doubt and disillusionment” of a crumbling relationship, the track treads beautifully between heartache and brighter beginnings.

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