It’s been over twenty years since Pavement released Slanted and Enchanted and its influence still seems too pervasive (whether the artist knows it or not). Listening to the self-titled EP Gemini Horror by Gemini Horror it’s hard not to hear similarities. From the lo-fi aesthetics, to the simplistic guitar patterns you can hear why they sound the same. That being said Gemini Horror, which is a solo project for DJ Larson sometimes has a nasally tone in his voice that bares resemblance to Conor Oberst.
The three songs on Gemini Horror sound like demos recorded on consumer digital gear in an untreated room. It probably sounds like that because Larson along with thousands of other aspiring musicians can get recordings done for next to nothing these days. Fortunately for Larson the songs are well written enough that you can sometimes get past the poor audio fidelity.
Larson explains “The album is an insight to how I feel as an over analytic 20 something. Dealing with the dating circle, self doubt, and self pity.” That seems about right as the first song is entitled “Low Life.” The song features a couple guitar chords, solid drumming and bass guitar, which was almost nonexistent in the mix. It’s not a bad written song and Larson has some talent as a singer.
“Lunar Effect” wasn’t as well written as the first track while the last track “Girls of Certain Age” gets Larson back on the rails. “Girls of Certain Age” has some notable vocal hooks. Larson will obviously have to get a more polished recording if he wants to get more of an audience. A couple of moments pointed to potential but this is a case of wait and see what happens.
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