New record Vancouver is a dark and melodious meditation on the forces pushing us from home and pulling us back.
With a new confidence, control and maturity, guided by North East troubadour Martin Stephenson, Gem and her heartrending tones take us with her on many journeys; across countries, continents and oceans, seamlessly blending the shifting landscapes with the movements of her heart.
Vancouver's poignant lyrics are wrapped in delicate harmonies and uplifted by a skillful and intuitive eight-piece band. The album is deeply rooted in alt-country, with Gem's fiercely independent voice carrying inflections of Patsy Cline, Lucinda Williams and Kate & Anna McGarrigle.
Vancouver will be distributed in January 2015 on Martin Stephenson's Highlands label, Barbaraville Records.
The album launch party will be on December 28th at The Cluny 2, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Vancouver was mixed, mastered and produced by Martin Stephenson for Barbaraville Records. Vancouver was recorded at Skip Studios in Darlington, UK. Musicians on the record: Nicky Rushton, Sarah van Jellie, Sue McLaren, Bernard Wright, Gabriel Minnikin, Martin Stephenson, Colin Mee. Album art by Lucy Hammond. Other photos by David Wala.