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Gentlemen - 'Night Reels 1' EP

The current psych movement that’s given us everyone from Tame Impala to Toy is fast becoming oversubscribed but space is made for Gentlemen.

The current psych movement that’s given us everyone from Tame Impala to Toy is fast becoming oversubscribed. Before it all implodes, though, London-based five-piece Gentlemen are making their case with their own drug-addled hooks. ‘Late Nacht’ is pure Tame, dark, fuzzed-up riffs tearing out over languid drums, while ‘Children Of The Setting Sun’ takes Jagwar Ma’s forging of ‘60s girl group with modern experimental pop and runs with it. Closer ‘Duke (Oddity)’ is the most out-there, though, brothers Paul and Edward Housden’s vocals stripped away to leave a tripped-out meander through a dazed soundscape. This debut EP is pretty blissed out, but Gentlemen’s place in the psych resurgence feels a bit peripheral.

Rhian Daly
6 / 10

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