Fresh new debut album from fresh new band Gengahr, with an indie sound led by swooning vocals, wide guitars and warm melodies. The record is released on the Transgressive record label, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to describe the band’s sound as transgressive, Gengahr do provide pleasing sonics.
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Gengahr are one of those weirdly spelt bands. Their name has letters in such an order that you’d probably end up ignoring the word altogether and move onto something more enlightening. A quick glance at their upcoming tour dates though suggests that they are hitting every summer festival before embarking on a headline tour so I’d better get used to it.
From the sounds of opener ‘Dizzy Ghosts’ they’ll go down well. It’s kind of an easy-on-the-ear Flaming Lips with high pitched vocals and grandiose sweeping arrangements. The sign of a good song is when you recognise it the second it hits your ear. This has just happened with ‘She’s a Witch’ which I must have heard on some Radio 6 show or other as it’s instantly familiar. I had probably stopped chopping my vegetables at home for long enough to wonder what it was. This is great. The kind of pop tune that Avi Buffalo just fell short of producing on his latest album and one for the milkman to whistle. Like Avi Buffalo the album isn’t afraid of throwing a couple of slower tracks in almost immediately ‘Heroine’ and ‘Bathed in Light’ are both slow paced and by the time ‘Where I Lie’ takes off you can start to see where the Radiohead comparisons are coming from. There’s the obligatory Wild Beasts echoey guitar sound on the almost funky ‘Dark Star’ and plenty of nice production touches to keep things lively - drums are nice and tight and the vocals affected by all manner of gizmo’s.
It reminds me of both the Teleman and Temples albums in that its rock solid tuneful throughout. You’ll have to deal with the vocals which are Leee John high throughout but this is a promising enough start we reckon.
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