Saturday, 15 January 2011

Gayngs - Relayted

Relayted, the first album by Minneapolis based group Gayngs, is an album that kind of passed me by when it cam out in May last year and I didn't pick up on it until it featured in various end of year charts. Gayngs were formed by Ryan Olson and feature a grand total of 23 musicians from various other bands, including Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce from Bon Iver, I guess this makes them a kind of indie supergroup.

The sound of the album is inspired by 70s soft rock, the band particularly state 10cc's I'm Not In Love as a point of reference. Every track on the album is at an identical 69bpm and the sound features a lot of studio processing, giving it quite a soulful, funky feel as well. Particular stand out tracks are the amazing Gaudy Side Of Town and Ride but there are plenty of other good tracks such as Crystal Rope and Spanish Platinum and their cover of Godley & Creme's Cry.

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