Duo Gum Country’s self-described “harsh twee” project began back in Vancouver as a series of lo-fi four track recordings made in an apartment, very quietly. It draws on groups like Stereolab, Yo La Tengo, Meat Puppets, and The Magnetic Fields, and envelops and transforms these influences within the warm embrace of fuzzy open-tuned guitar tones, driving drums and melodic keyboard accompaniments.
After relocating to LA where they currently reside, the pair recorded their debut full-length album Somewhere and have self-released the album digitally on all streaming services. All digital sales via Bandcamp today will be donated to the ACLU on Gum Country’s behalf. In addition, Bandcamp will be donating 100 percent of its own revenue to the NAACP in solidarity with recent protests against police racism and brutality.
We’ve already shared the excellent Tennis (I Feel OK) and the rest of this excellent album of hazy power-pop and woozy feedback meanders through the highs and lows of daily life, touching on subjects ranging from love, loss, and anxiety, to video games and gardening.
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