New on Market Square, a truly gorgeous second album from Liverpool-born Gem Andrews, this essay in alt-country has an honesty and rawness that cuts to the quick in a dark and melodious meditation on the forces pushing us from home, and then pulling us back again.
With a new confidence, control and maturity, guided and produced by the Daintees’ Martin Stephenson, Berlin-based Gem takes us with her on many journeys across countries, continents and oceans, seamlessly blending the shifting landscapes with the movements of her heart. Vancouver’s poignant lyrics are wrapped in delicate harmonies and uplifted by a skillful and intuitive eight-piece band.
The album is deeply rooted in alt-country, with Gem’s fiercely independent voice carrying inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle, in whose ‘Heart Like a Wheel’ Gem makes heartfelt homage and still renders something distinctively her own.
Reviews in already …
“Be sure to check out this record, it is one of finest of its kind you are likely to come across, whether from this or the other side of the pond.”
“Gem Andrews’ debut album ‘Scatter’ not only took me by surprise but took my breath away too. Well, she’s managed it again with ‘Vancouver’.”
“Namechecking Townes Van Zandt, Nancy, Emmylou, Neil Young, Johnny and June in the opening number lays the groundwork of where Gem’s influences exist. By the the time we reach the finale title track ‘Vancouver’, there is an absolute guarantee you will be under the spell of Gem’s mesmerising music.”
Three Chords And The Truth
Your Father’s Diary
Heart Like A Wheel
Please Forget Me
Ten Thousand More
Released by PETER MUIR PUBLIC RELATIONS on behalf Market Square Records April 2015