Four years ago, the eruption of an Icelandic volcano had caused Sera Timms, singer and bassist of the Californian psychedelic sludge formation Black Math Horseman, to beach at Los Angeles airport with band merchandiser Jason Bennett. During the days of the forced break they wrote songs together and a little later the band Ides Of Gemini. It fits into the picture that the now second longplayer "Old World New Wave" also exudes a touch of carefreeness and casualness. The sluggish dark rock numbers live from cutting guitar riffs and sometimes post-punk bass lines and slowly but surely build up considerable pressure. Sera Timm's singing also makes you sit up and take notice. With a calm and passionately presented mix of rousing choruses and melancholic harmonies she delivers exactly the right balance that friends of unpretentious darkness like to be lulled into. There is no originality bonus for the arrangements, but the sound is always exciting.
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