Gramercy Arms: Gramercy Arms

Billing itself as a revolving collective rather than an actual band, New York-based Gramercy Arms is somewhat of an indie-pop supergroup as well, comprising former members of Guided By Voices, Luna, Joan as Police Woman, The Dambuilders, Fuzzy and Too Much Joy…and guest appearances by Lloyd Cole and Sarah Silverman (yes, the comedienne), as well as Chris Brokaw, members of the Pernice Brothers, Mascott, Shudder to Think and others. As you’d expect with those kind of pedigrees kicking around the recording studio, the music is shimmering and gorgeous, and exquisitely produced. It’s a short, joyful blast of summery pop-rock, and repeated listenings reveal numerous charms. The stuff they’re doing with vocals alone will entice any fan of the New Pornographers, Stars, Metric, et. al. The only real complaint? At just over 30 minutes (!), it’s over far too soon.

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