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Monday, 25.02.2019, 20:20
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Gemma Ray
The Essex-born, Berlin-based singer-songwriter, guitarist, film composer and producer surprises with observations that are usually not associated with a noir-pop rock musician: An affinity for rock formations.

Fittingly, this gorgeous chanteuse penned her brand-new album under the title «Psychogeology», her most lush and lavish record so far. It features her distinctive sound, blending psychedelic with noir-pop and it’s an ambitious and mind-expanding work. It muses about the time-defying mountains and sceneries beyond the cities and their magic influence on the landscape of the mind through their mystery and beauty. She explains the work as «An ode to the majesty of the landscape, the enormity of nature and time and the inevitability of every human life eventually forming a miniscule part of further landscapes.»

From landscapes to soundscapes, Gemma Ray listened to Portishead and honed her musical vocabulary with influences as diverse as Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Sonic Youth, and Serge Gainsbourg. Her neo-soul and dreamy vocal cords were perhaps also refined by hearing the vocal power of the great Etta James, Wanda Jackson, and Peggy Lee. Actually, she could have been a member of one of Phil Spector’s girl groups from the 50’s - with her own injection of noir that is. Instrumentally and very audible, her trebly guitar mastery is underrated as she directs the instrument to the limit of thundering reverbs. Gemma Ray’s released 8 LP’s and several EP’s, her previous albums were 2008 «The Leader», 2010 «Lights Out Zoltar!», 2010 «It’s A Shame About Gemma Ray», 2012 «Island Fire», 2013 «Down Baby Down», 2014 «Milk For Your Motors» and 2016 «The Exodus Suite». Notable artists who’ve worked with her were the band Sparks, Thomas Wydler of The Bad Seeds, Andy Zammit, Jon English, Fiona Brice, Alan Vega, and Howe Gelb. Gemma’s contributed scores to several films and tv shows around the world and helped Wim Wenders restore the soundtracks on his early works. She performed at the Berlinale, The Berlin International Film Festival together with Calexico.

Sultry Gemma Ray, live at El Lokal. She’ll turn our concrete walls to molten lava. 

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