The sweet sound of Gayngs
Categories: anna, gayngs, glasser, mp3, tour dates

The other night I had my first taste of a “Bee’s Knees,” an old-school cocktail made with lemon, gin, and honey. While a bit reminiscent of cough drops, it also tastes surprisingly good–the tart lemon cuts through the thick honey syrup, while the astringent herbs of the gin leave a lingering sting on your tongue.

I mention this because listening I’ve been listening to Gayngs’ Relayted a lot lately, and their sound reminds me a little bit of that cocktail: a first taste of syrupy, soulful grooves, followed by a hidden bite. This sharpness contrasts with the lazy, laid-back surface of songs like “The Gaudy Side of Town” and “Spanish Platinum,” giving them a hint of melancholy that demands repeat listening.

In many ways, Relayted is the opposite of minimalism. The songs are long, the band is multitudinous, and while there’s a lot of music going on here–sax solos, slow trip-hop beats, falsetto vocals, echoey slide guitar–there’s nothing messy or overdone about this album. Like a good cocktail, everything is in perfect balance.

And since the May 2010 release of Relayted, Gayngs have been anything but lazy (“layzy?”). They’ve just released an excellent cover of George Michael’s “One More Try”. And they’re also about to head out on a US tour with another amazing band and favorite of mine, Glasser, on the following dates:

9/29/10 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
09/30/10 Chicago, IL – Metro
10/02/10 Boston, MA – Paradise
10/03/10 New York, NY – Webster Hall
10/04/10 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/05/10 Washington, DC – Black Cat
10/06/10 Carrboro NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/9/10 Official ACL Afterparty At Emo’s With Bear In Heaven
10/10/10 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Festival

To get a sample of Gayngs’ sound, download “Faded High” on MP3.

And finally, check out a live video of “The Gaudy Side of Town” below. It takes a couple of minutes to really get going, but it’s well worth the wait (love those outfits, too):

— Anna K

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