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Gemma is Felicia Douglass and Erik Gundel

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released October 2, 2015

Mixed by Dana Billings at Electric Wilburland - Newfield, NY
Mastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering - Brooklyn, NY


Photography by Anna Li Sian

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Gemma Brooklyn, New York

Contact: gemmabandnyc at gmail dot com

"...a silky, poppy new project with plenty of open space, mid-'80s R&B hooks and gently skittering beats." – NY Times

"...it’s sensual, anxious, hopeful, but above all, it’s earnest." - Stereogum
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Track Name: Lessons
I’M UP WITH IT, IN AND INSIDE OUT
I’M UP WITH IT, IN AND INSIDE OUT
DON’T LEAVE, THERE IS COMFORT HERE
COULD YOU TELL, COULD YOU TELL
I’M UP WITH IT, IN AND INSIDE OUT
I’M UP WITH IT, IN AND INSIDE OUT
I BELIEVE THERE IS COMFORT HERE
COULD YOU TELL

WITH ALL THE LESSONS UNDERNEATH THE GOLD
LESSONS UNDERNEATH THE GOLD

WERE THEY ABOVE THE FOG SO STRONG
OR WERE THEY BELOW IT PATTING ARMS
WERE THEY ALONG SIDE?
I’M ASKING TO GET BY
CUZ I KNOW TO BUILT IT OVER NEXT TIME

COULD YOU TELL

WITH ALL THE LESSONS UNDERNEATH THE GOLD
LESSONS UNDERNEATH THE GOLD

STILLNESS, STILL LIMBS LASTING
TIMID SOFT HINT, I’M ASKING
FOR AN INSTANT, JUST A MOMENT

IF I’M UP WITH IT, IN AND INSIDE OUT FOR AN INSTANT

JUST A MOMENT
Track Name: Mentals
BEADY, FULL OF TONS, ISN’T IT HEALTHIER?
CAN’T TALK ON THAT, FACTS ARE HOW WE FOUGHT
TELLING MOST TO CLOSE UP FROM THE HEAT
TELLING HELPS TO FLIP A DIME OR FLEE
WHILE WHILE DAYS WERE WEEKS
WHILE WHILE BLUES TASTES SWEET
ON ME. ON ME.
Track Name: As Ever
FIXED TO AN INKLING, THE SETTING
ATTACHED TO THE WORDING, DON’T SAY IT TILL TOMORROW
NOT WITHOUT A PURPOSE, A LITTLE LINE
WAS IT UP FOR YOU TO NOTICE? WE HAD A TIME

YOU COULD SAY THAT IT’S SOMETHING IN EARNEST
ALMOST OUT TO THE BIG GAME, WE’LL CHEER UNTIL TOMORROW
AND I CHOSE TO AVOID EVERY BIT, YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT I’M ON
AFTER THE SOUNDS

COULDA GUESSED WHERE I’M GOING
FACTOR INTO GENUINE MEANING
DONE DIM, GONE DARK
DID YA SEE, DID YA SEE, DID YA SEE WHAT WE’RE ON?
DID YA SEE, CATCH A GLEAM, WITHOUT TURNING IT ON?

FULLY DESERVING, AS EVER
ATTACHED IN THE MORNING, WITH YOU UNTIL TOMORROW
OPPOSITE OF PERFECT TO FEEL ALIVE
ALWAYS IN AND OUT OF FOCUS BUT WE HAD TO TRY

YOU COULD SAY THAT IT’S SOMETHING IN EARNEST
ALMOST OUT TO THE BIG GAME, WE’LL CHEER UNTIL TOMORROW
AND I CHOSE TO AVOID EVERY BIT, YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT I’M ON
AFTER THE SOUNDS

COULDA GUESSED WHERE I’M GOING
THAT GENUINE MEANING
DID YA SEE, DID YA SEE, DID YA SEE WHAT WE’RE ON?
DID YA SEE, CATCH A GLEAM WITHOUT TURNING IT ON?

SOAKING UP, TIPPING
OVER WHAT? SLIPPING
BUT I WOULD JUMP, BEFORE BAILING
OVER, OVER LOTS

ANOTHER LINE, SO ATTACHED TO THE WORDING, WE HAD A TIME.
ANOTHER LINE, SO ATTACHED TO THE WORDING, WE HAD A TIME.
Track Name: Waking In The Fluff
TEMPERAMENTS ASIDE, TURNING DULL, GROWING DIM
WAKING IN THE FLUFF, EVER SINCE INSOLENCE

ALL OF, ALL OF, OUT OF WHATEVER MADE ME TOUCH

HOLDING BLOCKS OF TIME, YOU HAD SOME, YOU HAD MORE
SCUFFING UP THE LINES, YOU SAID WHY, YOU SAID SO

ALL OF, ALL OF, OUT OF WHATEVER MADE ME TOUCH
Track Name: Vibro
PACING, SHUFFLING TO MOVE I’M SHAKING
BASIC, MARKING OFF TO KEEP MY PLACES
IT MAKES A BIGGER DENT
LEARNING TO RE-DIRECT AW YEAH
HONEST, I PICK UP ON ALL THE PHASES
LOOKING OUT THE OTHER WAY IS WISEST
NOT IN THE BIGGER PEN
NOT IF I UNDERSTAND ALL THAT

I THOUGHT I COULD BUT I WON’T
IF I HOLD THE REST ON MY OWN
THE DAY IS OVER, GONE
I TURN TO REST BUT I’M ON

YOU CAN CATCH IT, THE FALL OUT
OR GRAB IT, WHAT’S MISSING?
WHEN IT’S LOWERED, THE FALL OUT
JUST PICK UP THE PIECES

IT PLAYS OUT AND WE PLAY TOO
BUT DON’T SPEAK JUST STAY TILL IT RUNS SMOOTH
TWO MOVES FOR GIVING IN
NOT THAT IT MATTERS YET

I THOUGHT I COULD BUT I WON’T
IF I HOLD THE REST ON MY OWN
THE DAY IS OVER AND GONE
I HOLD THE REST BUT I’M ON
Track Name: Borrowed
IN THE LIGHT WHERE I CAN SEE YOU
IN THE WASH OF GOLD AND WHITE
IN A ROOM WHERE I CAN SENSE YOU
WHEN YOU GO OUT WITH THE TIDE
IN THE DUSK WHERE NO ONE FEELS YOU
IN THE HAND OF BORROWED TIME
IN A PLACE WHERE WE CAN SEE THROUGH
WHEN YOU WANT A CHANCE TO HIDE

BUT ONLY IF YOU NEED IT, THAT’S RIGHT
WALKING THE SAME PLANE TURNING ROUND, IT WASN’T ME YOU HAD TO TELL
WALKING THE SAME PLANE KICKING SAND THE EMPTY HAND FOR EMPTY SHELLS
NEVER THE SAME SHADE
ON OUR HANDS

I LIKE IT AS A LEVER, FELT RIGHT
EVEN WITH MY EMPTY HANDS THAT NIGHT (THAT’S WHAT I FOUND OUT)
SAY SOMETHING - I WOULD BUT IT’D GO TO WASTE
UH HUH, OKAY
OH
Track Name: With Mayo
THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE
WHEN YOU SAW ME BY THE WALL WITH WRITING
THE WALLS HAD WRITING, NOT YOUR NOTES
AND THEN WE STOOD IN THE COLD
HOLDING HALF A SANDWICH IN THE DARK BEFORE I RUSHED OFF
WITH MAYO, THE ROLL HAD MAYO NOT YOUR HANDS
IT’S FUNNY HOW WITH FOOD, WE CAN AGREE
Track Name: Medal
WHEN I FELT
WRAPPED UP SO TIGHT
WRAPPED UP INSIDE
DID I WIND UP?
WHEN I FELT
WRAPPED UP SO WARM
WRAPPED UP AND TORN
DID I FREEZE UP?
SILENCE! GIVE THE GOLDEN MEDAL
I’M A RIBBON ROYAL BLUE, IT’S FOR YOU
PATIENCE! GIVE THE SILVER MEDAL
HEAVY ON THE CHEST IT LAYS LEANING THROUGH
WITH LUCK AND AWE

WOUND , WOUND UP SO TIGHT
MOVING WITH THE TIDE
TO AND FRO TO AND FRO TO AND FRO TO AND FRO
AND I - I’M IN THE THICK
TURNING TO WHITE
SO I’M LETTING YOU…
Track Name: Good Grace
LOITERING THIS TIME OUT
I ALREADY CALLED OUT
SHOWING OFF WHAT TO SAY
LOITERING THIS TIME OUT
TILL YOU MAKE YOUR MIND UP
I’M ALL OUT OF DAYS
IN A RADIANT BOW, I HEARD YOU SAW BLOCKS SHINE
TOO TOO SLY, I HEARD YOU HEARD YOU WERE MINE
WHAT A THING TO SAY, HEY
WHY YOU ACT THAT WAY
WHAT A THING TO DO, YOU
YOU HAD A BUNCH TO SAVE, YEAH

NOT IF YOU’RE A ROAMING SEETHING SELF
WITH MORE CONCESSIONS ON A CART
I’LL BE A RISING QUEST OF SELF
JUST TO WITHER UP IN ARMS
IS IT TOO LATE TO SAY
YOU’RE BUSY SETTING US ASIDE
I BET IT’S TOO LATE TO WAVE
WE’RE ROLLING IN AND OUT OF WAYS

BUT YOU GOT THAT GOOD GRACE, GOOD GRACE
TELL ME HOW YOU GOT THAT GOOD GRACE, GOOD GRACE

TAKEN AS THE DAYS GO
SMITTEN IN THE AISLE
THAT, THAT, MUST HAVE GATHERED THAT
FILLING UP WITH FAVORS
DONNING EVERY FLAVOR
HUSH, HUSH, WHAT’S THE FUN IN THAT

BUT YOU GOT THAT GOOD GRACE, GOOD GRACE (RUNNING OUT)
TELL ME HOW YOU GOT THAT GOOD GRACE, GOOD GRACE (RUNNING OUT)

NOT IF YOU’RE A ROAMING SEETHING SELF
WITH MORE CONCESSIONS ON A CART
I’LL BE A RISING QUEST OF SELF
JUST TO WITHER UP IN ARMS
IS IT TOO LATE TO SAY
YOU’RE BUSY SETTING US ASIDE
I BET IT’S TOO LATE TO WAVE
WE’RE ROLLING IN AND OUT OF WAYS

BUT YOU GOT THAT GOOD GRACE, GOOD GRACE (RUNNING OUT)
TELL ME HOW YOU GOT THAT GOOD GRACE, GOOD GRACE (RUNNING OUT)
Track Name: Reminiscent Vice
HOLD OUT, REMINISCENT VICE, HOLLOW
HOLD OUT, REMINISCENT VICE, SUBTLE THOUGH
MMM, AH
MMM, AH

HOLD OUT, REMINISCENT VICE, BACK TO TRACKING OUT
SET OUT, EVERYONE ALIKE, A VASE WITH ONE SIGH
AND AH OH AH
HOLD ON

MMM, AH
OOH OOH OOH OOH OOH
AH -
HA HA

HOLD OUT, REMINISCENT VICE, BACK TO TRACKING OUT
SET OUT, EVERYONE ALIKE FILLING A VASE WITH ONE SIGH
AND AH, OH
MMM

AH AH AH MMM