ALBUM REVIEW: Gemma Ray – Gemma Ray & The Death Bell Gang | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 20.01.23






Gemma Ray leaves the cool comforts of her guitar tremors and psych soul and dives headlong into an intense dystopian electro cocoon. Teaming up with Berlin sound designer Ralf Goldkind, they warp and reconstruct new songs digging deep for stark beauty and dark nasty.

But do not despair, the golden vocal is there at the heart of the matter. Pushing on from the powerful dirgefull Procession, we climb aboard the groove machine for I Am Not Who I Am. There are no straight lines between the sinister charms of the nursery chiming Howling to the nightmarish All These Things. The simmer and boil vocal line of the tense, longing, cloying Come Oblivion might be a mantra for the broiling mood of the Death Bell Gang.


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