Listening to…

Gem Club, Breakers. Released Sept. 27 on Hardly Art Records
At first look, I thought Gem Club resembled Connecticut’s own The Procedure Club—withdrawn female vocalist and scruffy male instrumentalist. But Gem Club doesn’t race around like Procedure Club or other duos. Their sound is mystical and moody and takes its time in excitedly risky ways. Whispers are echoed, tinkling bells carry the melody away from the strings and piano. Besides, this is a trio: leader/pianist Christopher Barnes, cellist Kristen Drymala and singer Ieva Berberian.
The music could score a tragic Swedish drama, a cold walk on the beach. But contemplative moments shine through.