Bones + Longing

Bones + Longing

by Gemma HayesGemma Hayes


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Working again with longtime producer David Odlum, Gemma Hayes employs reverb and denser arrangements for a more defined indie rock feel on Bones + Longing, which remains lilting and well-crafted in her delicately avant-garde manner. The reverb and occasional rough edges, like guitar finger-squeaks and gritty effects, keep the album from sounding too exquisite, a trait of her meticulous work at times, and warm the overall presentation. An artful mix of melodic earnestness, melancholic synths, varied guitar tones, and breezy romance, the album is remindful at times of the most wistful New Order and the softest Jewel, but with Hayes' particular gentleness. Off-kilter moments occur sparsely but regularly, such as on the warped bit in the bridge of the sweetly catchy "Dreamt You Were Fine;" the over-a-minute-long instrumental wail leading to the end of the danceable but yearning "Joy" ("I can take another day/As long as I can see you"); or her voice breaking in "To Be Your Honey" -- originally written and recorded into Hayes' iPhone, the vocal track was used on the album. This all contributes to textures not only in the sound of a moment, but through time. Lyrics throughout the album are unsettled and, as per the title, longing ("Say something that will carry me away/Say something that will make me stay"). The overall effect is a dreamy, palatable melancholy that soothes without stagnating and charms while haunting. A note to collectors: the opening track, "Laughter," is a lusher, shoegaze redo of "There's Only Love" from her previous album, 2011's Let It Break, and also appeared as "Jets" on the 2011 compilation Velvet Ears Two, sounding similar to that version here.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2015
Label: Chasing Dragons
UPC: 5060091555471
catalogNumber: 1002
Rank: 118012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gemma Hayes   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mark Stanley   Drums,Guest Appearance
Tom Burgess   Hand Clapping
David Odlum   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Andi McCarroll   Hand Clapping
Tricia Heffernan   Hand Clapping
Sara-Beth Musgrave   Hand Clapping
Romy   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Robert Hicklin   Hand Clapping
Raymond Dennison   Hand Clapping
Martex De Jong   Hand Clapping
Lisa Heffernan   Hand Clapping
Kalim Khan   Hand Clapping
Jarita Lee   Hand Clapping
Gunnar Boe   Hand Clapping
Clare Ambler   Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

David Odlum   Producer,Engineer,beats
Gemma Hayes   Composer,Producer
Ruth O'Mahoney Brady   Composer
Humphrey Bangham   Cover Art

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