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El álbum de debut de Gingerlys , este Gingerlys (Babe City Records, 2017) es un pasito adelante con respecto a su primer trabajo, aquel Ep titulado Jumprope. Un cierto aire más aseadito en sus guitarras, que aún así mantienen ese brillo de la distorsión y el fuzzy, aderezado por la preciosa voz de Jackie Mendoza. Composiciones directas, incisivas y dotadas de esa inspiración Pop que dio alas a grupos como Lush, Breeders o más recientemente The Pains of Being Pure at Heart o Best Coast.
Me gustan: Playgrounds, Turtledoves, New toys.

“After releasing a debut EP in 2014 and performing regularly in the New York City area in the interim, Brooklyn quintet Gingerlys return with their full-length album debut, 2017’s Gingerlys. Offering an effervescent noise pop in the realm of contemporaries like Alvvays and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the record was produced by Connor Hanwick, a former member of the latter group and the Drums. It opens with “Turtledoves,” a brisk, kaleidoscopic romp through flourishing echo and across double-time ride cymbal that seems to go by in the span of one deep breath on a spinning amusement park ride. In the meantime, the lyrics present an avian allegory, evoking images of flight, shifting patterns, crashing waves, and the notion of home. Much of the rest of the album continues in kind, with exhilarating rhythms, pace, and shimmer, as well as sunshiny hooks. “See You Cry” is ornamented by a playful, hollow-sounding keyboard voice with a percussive attack, and a textured countermelody that seems to merge keyboard and guitar tones. It’s consistently difficult, though, to parse individual timbres here. Also consistent throughout, wistful lyrics about affection well-spent and wasted are scattered with references to things like flowers, mermaids, and melting ice cream, doubling down on the dreamy, fluorescent-colored vibe. They slow things down a smidge on “Let Down,” which has lead guitarist Colin O’Neill duetting with singer Jackie Mendoza about an ill-fated romance, but there is no genuine slow song on the album. Instead, Gingerlys presents a sure-footed noise pop where drums are as important to the sound scheme as keyboards and guitars” (All Music)

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22 febrero, 2018 Posted by | Gingerlys | Deja un comentario

Gingerlys: Jumprope (Ep, Shelflife, 2014)

Con un nombre como Gingerlys una banda no puede hacer nada malo. La misma sutileza sonora de su nombre la trasladan a su maravilloso Pop-Fuzz inocente y preñado de detallitos de esos que tanto nos gustan. Pop delicado (Summer cramps), tecladitos preciosistas (Better hearts) y un tono general de vuelta a los noventa que nos tiene arrebatados. Una de las revelaciones del año. Graban, por cierto, para el mejor sello posible para alojar su música: Shelflife. Como curiosidad, os diré que la portada es obra de Elena Sestelo (When Nalda Became Punk).

“Described as “pure ear candy,” the EP starts off with “Jumprope” which quickly introduces what Gingerlys are all about — songs filled with fuzzy guitars, dreampop melodies, guitar hooks galore and Maria’s soft sultry vocals. The second track “Summer Cramps” switches from dreamy to jangly, a summer pop anthem that is insanely catchy. The B-side opens with the head-rush breakneck speed of “Better Hearts” and closes with the delightful Felt-ish guitars of “Set You Off” (Shelflife)

21 noviembre, 2014 Posted by | Gingerlys | Deja un comentario

Gingerlys: Summer Cramps (2013)

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Precioso nombre para un grupo. Preciosa música. Gingerlys son una especie de conglomerado Pop donde caben el Twee, los sonidos de Sarah Records, el C86, el Dream, el Fuzz
Publicaron el pasado año este Summer Cramps, el que creo que es su disco de debut, un precioso caramelo manufacturado con cantidades inmensas de azúcar musical y aderezado con unos teclados preciosos que inciden en un cierto carácter retro particularmente atractivo.

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Firstly, the title-track here touches on the college-rock of the next decade, applying a little more fuzz and steering them towards shoegaze just a little. It’s a total head-rush though, spilling melody as it rushes by at breakneck speed and trailing glitter in its path. A delightful opening. ‘Afterglow’ drops the pace but not the dreaminess. The soft female vocal is both sultry and somewhat ethereal at the same time, and here they again borrow from early ’90s indie and alt-rock, yet you could never describe them as heavy in any way at all; this is a song that floats up to the clouds where it belongs. To complete what is a very fine trio of tunes we then get ‘Better Hearts’ which sticks closest to C86 in the way that the guitars are given more of a hammering, but synths are allowed to join in the fun and it leaves a melodic stream in its wake once more. Pure ear candy” (The Sound of Confusion)

22 mayo, 2014 Posted by | Gingerlys | Deja un comentario


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