I was excited to learn that GEMS had covered “Don’t Cry,” then disappointed when I found it wasn’t a cover of the Guns ‘N’ Roses song. Instead, GEMS puts their sultry, electro-pop twist on Seal’s “Don’t Cry.” Which is also a good song, just not quite as exciting as GNR. The cover is featured on GEMS’ Medusa EP and you can download a free, legal mp3 of it by signing up for their email list.
Gems submitted their trippy new dream pop song, “Sinking Stone” to me, comparing their sound to The XX and Beach House. The latter comparison is more accurate, though Gems seems to have a bit more moodiness about them which I like very much. Their SoundCloud page has several other songs, my favorite being “Pegasus.” The band seems to be unsigned and have not yet recorded an album, though I hope that won’t be true for much longer.