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Hot off the heels of her tour with Ane Brun, Gemma Ray releases her latest and most ambitious album Island Fire TODAY on Bronze Rat Records. For a taste of the record, and a glimpse into her home turf, Gemma Ray is giving away one of the darker tracks from the album, "Flood And a Fire," together with a previously unseen film: Gemma and band performing said song at rehearsals in the shadowy Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in East London.
Building upon her previous form, the album is a trip through Gemma’s ever-growing, over-flowing bag of tricks. From lavish orchestral alt-pop (“Bring Ring Ring Yeah”), to bitter-sweet girl-group-sounds (“Put Your Brain In Gear”) to brooding psychedelia (“Make It Happen”) to a sci-fi waltz (“Rescue Me”), and much more besides, Island Fire has bowled over the critics in the UK, who have garnished it with unequivocal praise:
"An album packed with thoughtful adventure and mischief. A true gem" – MOJO
"An artist clearly in a field of one, and quite brilliant dancing by herself" – BBC
"Fabulous. She proves she is tasteful as well as gifted" – Q
"Thoroughly enjoyable and admirably eclectic" – SUNDAY TIMES
"An evocative album that draws on surf-rock, 60s girl group, gothic folk and dust-covered blues" – UNCUT
"Crisp, sideways blues and delicious creeping malevolence" – NME
"This national treasure’s songs offers bouquets of bespoke spills and thrills of the sort that make Lana Del Rey seem like a very poor relation" – THE MIRROR
…to quote but a few.
To top the album off, Gemma instigated an unprecedented collaboration with Ron and Russell Mael, also known as Sparks. In what can only be described as Sparks covering Gemma Ray covering Sparks, the end result is a Sparks re-interpretation of Gemma’s interpretation of Sparks. ENOUGH!! All you need to know is the two tracks that are the result of this unlikely meeting of minds appear on the album as bonuses, after already being released as a must-own* 7” complete with artwork by Rick Froberg (Obits/Hot Snakes) (* you’re too late).
OK, you can’t quite get the picture, so we recommend you press play.