Gingerlys is an indie pop/shoegaze/dream pop quintet from Brooklyn. They formed in 2013, and they’ve recently released their smashing self-titled debut record via Topshelf Records and Babe City Records. The album is finding its way onto a lot of year-end lists, and the band is earning comparisons to Alvvays and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. I’m totally on board with those comparisons, and I absolutely love the album. I’m also reminded of Veronica Falls.
A few months ago, I started getting stuff in the mailbag about Gingerlys. I also started to see a lot of things written about them on other blogs and I started to see some early year-end-lists. The album came out on November 17, and although I’ve had it for several weeks, I only just got around to spending significant time with it over the past few days. I love it.
The entire album is a bunch of bouncy, shiny fun right from the drop. Today’s song is the first song from the album, and it really sets the tone.
“Turtledoves” by Gingerlys
It’s noisy and melodic. It’s bouncy and bright, while it’s also a little unwashed. There’s something that’s vaguely reminiscent of DC-area popgaze of the mid 1990s. There’s also the official video, which is a mashup of film styles. some of it was shot digitally on modern equipment, while some of it looks like it was filmed with a VCR camera using an old tape. You can clearly tell the bits with the 4:3 aspect ratio are of lesser quality. That kind of mixed film quality works for me. Here’s the video:
You can buy the album digitally here. They also have CD, cassette and vinyl format. The vinyl comes in “clear coke bottle” or black. There was a “starburst pink” or “opaque pink” vinyl, but it appears to have sold out. Just buy the album in any format. You won’t regret it.