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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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