album review... Gengahr - A Dream Outside
After seeing Gengahr support Wolf Alice last year we have been madly in love with their fresh and unique sound. The band have tackled the smallest of venues all the way to the O2 Arena supporting Alt-J and their ambient indie rock songs fills every room. This year they were invited to play the prestigious Glastonbury Festival again on the John Peel Stage and will make appearances at Latitude and Reading and Leeds. They are young but have had an incredible time together already, and vocalist Felix Bushe confirmed that in our interview with him.
On 15th June, Gengahr released their ground breaking debut record "A Dream Outside" and we have not stopped listening to it. The release is refreshing and a wake up call for UK indie. Bushe's high pitched voice accompanied by guitarist John Victor's melodic rifs creates a distinctive and unmistakeable sound. The album is, from start to finish, breathtaking.
It opens with Dizzy Ghosts, a quiet track with an explosive chorus, a song that could throw the band from supporting at the O2 Arena to headlining it. The album only goes from great to better. The follow up track, She's A Witch, is one that Gengahr fans will know well and it flows perfectly into recent single Heroine. At no point does the album slow down. The middle sounds as full as the beginning, with tracks like Dark Star and Embers providing the necessary hooks to keep listening, a hook that too many bands seem to be missing at the moment. Towards the end of the album Gengahr still provide surprises in tracks like Fill My Gums With Blood and Lonely As A Shark, two tracks that helps sign the album off with the listener still feeling the same amount of excitement as they did when starting the record.
Gengahr are setting the bar high for other bands and artists and it's without a doubt that their explosive debut record is one of the best release you will hear this year. Check out our interview with Felix Bushe from the band here and watch their video for She's A Witch below.