Gengahr Review – 05/12/2016

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As a true guitarleaves resident, when Gengahr announced their UK Winter Tour I was excited to go and watch them live again. This gig was at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, a particularly intimate stone room at the bottom of a large tenement. It suited Gengahr perfectly, because whilst their fanbase may still be in its early stages, it is certainly a loyal one; and it enabled an up-close-and-personal performance which I doubt anyone who attended will be forgetting in a hurry. Aided by some beautifully mellow lighting design they put their all into their set, leading the sold-out crowd through their unique style of music. The set list was slick, weaving together some more unknown tracks with the classics we know and love from previous EPs. The gig ended (unsurprisingly) with “She’s A Witch” from their album “A Dream Outside” before they dispersed into the crowd to sign merchandise and take photos with fans. It was a really entertaining evening; and great to see Gengahr finally coming into their own. Support from Caro really gave them the long-desvered opportunity to shine – and it is fair to say that they seized that moment with both hands.

Album Review – A Dream Outside

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Having supported the likes of Circa Waves and alt-J it would appear that Gengahr have already been recognised for their unique and hauntingly smooth style. Available on June 15th 2015, their debut album “A Dream Outside” captures perfectly the essence of the band – with each of the eleven records advertising the range of musical talent they can portray whilst maintaining a delicate fluidity throughout. No note is out of place on the LP, a feat only possible due to the fact that the band has discovered their musical identity, something becoming increasingly unheard of with a few emerging artists. It’s so refreshing to listen to an album that takes you on a mildly psychedelic journey, and for me that’s where the true gem of Gengahr’s music is situated. From the well-recognised “She’s A Witch” to the newer “Trampoline”, every aspect has been carefully considered. When I saw them as a support band, having no knowledge of their music beforehand, I was made to feel like a lifetime fan and found myself singing along. The band seems familiar, and I’m sure in a few months they will be even more so due to a developed popularity.