At the stroke of midnight last night, D.C. dream-pop duo GEMS dropped “Scars”—-a gorgeous new track that’s one part airy chillwave, one part club-ready banger. Though it’d fit snugly on last year’s excellent Medusa, “Scars” is noteworthy for its prominent use of guitar for more that just textural purposes. Here, it drives the melody in a swirling, Achtung Baby kind of way. Sorry for the U2 reference. Just listen to the song.
Photo by Darrow Montgomery