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Gemma Ray - The Exodus Suite (2016) Lossless

20-05-2016, 08:14
Blues | Soul | Indie | FLAC / APE

Title: The Exodus Suite
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Bronzerat Records
Genre: Indie, Soul, Blues, Singer-Songwriter
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Total Time: 0:52:18
Total Size: 305 Mb


01. Come Caldera 02:42
02. There Must Be More Than This 04:41
03. The Original One 04:04
04. We Do War 03:16
05. Ifs & Buts 06:32
06. We Are All Wandering 04:29
07. Acta Non Verba 01:45
08. Hail Animal 05:04
09. The Switch 03:51
10. The Machine 04:32
11. Shimmering 06:53
12. Caldera, Caldera! 04:18

Gemma Ray released her new record 'The Exodus Suite'. Gemma Ray was significantly impacted by “the presence of 6,000 Syrian refugees housed in the hangar beneath the studio” when she recorded ‘The Exodus Suite’. You will hear much of her angst and astonishment on the eleven tracks, on which she holds little back. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Gemma plays guitar, Mellotron and organ and is accompanied by Andrew Zammit and Carwyn Ellis.

‘Como Caldera’ is the short, evocative ballad which jumpstarts ‘The Exodus Suite’. On it, her vocals are pure and strong. On ‘There Must Be More Than This’, she delves much more deeply into her homegrown terrain. It is driven by a punchier bass and she demonstrates more free-spiritedness and a wider range. Harmonies and strings add more colour, although the beginning keys struggle to touch land until the tune gains momentum and they sparkle.

‘The Original One’ has a satisfying retro feel. It is simply executed and it forces time to slow down. ‘We Do War’ is introduced by shimmering guitar. “I was once a primitive thing/I was once tissue and blood,” she sings warmly. As the lyrics get deeper and more thought-provoking, Gemma’s range excels too.

In ‘Ifs and Buts,’ she waxes about people who wallow in regrets. She launches into an intelligent narrative whilst maintaining her cool. Electric guitar and organ are feisty, with booming bass not far behind. When her inflections are mirrored by guitars, the result is sublime.

‘We Are All Wandering’ is ethereal with layers of appealing harmonies, ‘Acta Non Verba’ is a stirring instrumental and ‘Hail Animal’ suffers from sluggishness, but on ‘The Switch’ she recaptures her focus: “We all want to turn off the switch, the long-suffering itch…”

“I fell inside the machine, the doors were frozen behind me,” she states in ‘The Machine’. This is one well-balanced arrangement, filled with clarity and originality, and which strikes a keen balance between soulful and meditative.

“Close your eyes, you’re only dreaming,” Gemma sings charmingly in ‘Shimmering’. It’s a beauty, which allows the mind to wander into mysterious places. Bonus track, ‘Caldera, Caldera’ is bouncy and terrific - an intelligent closing statement, inviting us back for more.

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