Gingerlys

Gingerlys

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After releasing a debut EP in 2014 and performing regularly in the New York City area in the interim, Brooklyn quintet Gingerlys return with their full-length album debut, 2017's Gingerlys. Offering an effervescent noise pop in the realm of contemporaries like Alvvays and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the record was produced by Connor Hanwick, a former member of the latter group and the Drums. It opens with "Turtledoves," a brisk, kaleidoscopic romp through flourishing echo and across double-time ride cymbal that seems to go by in the span of one deep breath on a spinning amusement park ride. In the meantime, the lyrics present an avian allegory, evoking images of flight, shifting patterns, crashing waves, and the notion of home. Much of the rest of the album continues in kind, with exhilarating rhythms, pace, and shimmer, as well as sunshiny hooks. "See You Cry" is ornamented by a playful, hollow-sounding keyboard voice with a percussive attack, and a textured countermelody that seems to merge keyboard and guitar tones. It's consistently difficult, though, to parse individual timbres here. Also consistent throughout, wistful lyrics about affection well-spent and wasted are scattered with references to things like flowers, mermaids, and melting ice cream, doubling down on the dreamy, fluorescent-colored vibe. They slow things down a smidge on "Let Down," which has lead guitarist Colin O'Neill duetting with singer Jackie Mendoza about an ill-fated romance, but there is no genuine slow song on the album. Instead, Gingerlys presents a sure-footed noise pop where drums are as important to the sound scheme as keyboards and guitars.

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