|Milk For Your Motors|
Gemma Ray — Milk For Your Motors
Born: Basildon, Essex, England
Location: Berlin, Germany
Album release: 25 August 2014
Record Label: Bronze Rat
01. The Wheel 3:41
02. Shake Baby Shake 3:32
03. Buckle Up 2:53
04. When I Kissed You 3:10
05. The Right Thing Did Me Wrong 2:46
06. Long Live This Life 2:57
07. Desoto 2:50
08. Waving At Mirrors 2:52
09. Motorbike 4:05
10. Out In The Rain 3:20
11. Rubbing Out Your Name 4:52
12. Old Love 3:19
13. You Changed Me 3:12
℗ 2014 Bronze Rat
♦ Gemma ray follows up with 2012's 'ISLAND FIRE' (which saw her appear on top of the pops, and entered the US CMJ top 20) with this new record which features guest appearances by Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Alan Vega (Suicide), The Filmorchester Babelsberg, Toby Dammit (Iggy Pop) and others.
♦♦♦ "Berlin-based British artist Gemma Ray has been calmly clocking up a cool reputation on the international independent scene, and with a new self-produced album titled Milk For Your Motors under her belt for a summer 2014 release, which features collaborations with, Alan Vega (Suicide), Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, Howe Gelb and Toby Dammit (Iggy Pop/Swans), the music keeps on coming.
♦♦♦ A self-styled musician, songwriter and producer, she sits somewhere between pop-noir, sideways blues, gothic folk, 60s girl-group and cinematic soundscapes.
♦♦♦ MOJO magazine declared Gemma to be “one inspired music machine”, NME describes her as “untouchable”, and Paste magazine pronounced her to be “blazing her own silvertone trail”."
♦♦♦ Un album au contenu tres varié mais inégal. Il y a cependant quelques jolies pépites dans cet album.
♦♦♦ The early 2000s had their share of retro-soul and R&B acts, but British singer/songwriter Gemma Ray had a more complex m.o. than simply aping the greats. ♦♦♦ Reaching back to pre-Beatles rock for inspiration — but tossing in a jumble of influences as disparate as Tom Waits, Kate Bush, film scores, flamenco, and the sparkly indie pop of the ‘90s and 2000s — Ray sculpted a sound that was familiar and warm, but also appealingly off-kilter and full of noir-ish touches that were part homage, part pastiche.
♦♦♦ The Essex native released her first album, The Leader, in early 2008 on the U.K.—based indie label Bronzerat. Aloft on a cloud of positive reviews from the British press, she was about to embark on a tour when she became ill and had to cancel a number of profile-raising shows. While recuperating, Ray wrote a batch of new songs and recorded them in a modest home studio with co-producer Michael J. Sheehy. The resulting Lights Out Zoltar!, released in late 2009, was an ambitious work that belied its homemade origins by boasting an expansive, concert hall sound. Ray took the opposite approach for her third album, It's a Shame About Gemma Ray, which found her covering 16 songs (ranging from Buddy Holly's "Everyday" to Mudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick") in spooky, stripped-down versions.
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|Milk For Your Motors|