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Single Serving: GEMS – All I Ever

I’ve been sitting on this one for a few days, but I can’t hold out on you any longer. Washington, DC-based duo GEMS (Clifford John Usher and Lindsay Pitts) sent me their latest single a week ago, and it is just so lovely that I have to share it. Recorded at the beach, the gently flowing track is awash in waves of dark, glistening guitars crashing softly along a steady rhythm. Despite the exquisite, feather light melody, it’s steeped in deep melancholy, as Usher sings “You say / you want to die / but you won’t / look me in the eyes.” With the knowledge that things don’t always work out the way we’d like them to, Pitts responds in a sad, soft croon: “All I ever wanted was you.” It’s devastating and beautiful.

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Posted by Matthew Hickey


Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • ellcoolj

    I’m digging this vibe. It is low-key and still upbeat. I would like to hear more from them to see if it sustains, but if it does…count me in! It reminds me of the poolhouse cover of harvest moon you posted last yearish

  • Matthew

    I’m with you. If you haven’t heard their prior single “Void Moon” that we posted awhile back, it’s good too:

  • ellcoolj

    I just gave it a listen to. It reminded me a bit of early (was there any other) Sinead O’Co
    nnor/Kate Bush/ Not exactly what I was looking for. I did really like “All I Ever”, and will keep my ear out for them when they decide to release more.

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