Engineered with airy vocals, irregular drumbeats and a bass made vital in contrast to more ethereal instrumentation, Sing Into My Mouth provides a conglomeration of new wave and garage punk similar to The Sounds’ electric rhythm and female-driven force—but marked by its own particular vehement edge.
From the robotic anthem “Home Is Where the Hibah Is” and its metal undertone to the sanguine tempo of “Shadows Are Bent,” this old-soul trio embraces a hollow ambiance through successions of amplified echoes and instrumental interludes. And they do it without overpowering the flowery cadence of the more easy-listening melodies throughout Gospel Gossip’s 13-track debut. The band staunchly straddles the divide between weightier rock beats and a wispy Cindy Lauper-esque tone.
Artists who resist the plague of instrumental repetition are a rare find and Gospel Gossip falls into line with tired monotony. But at least track titles like “Space Echo” warn against the more tedious cuts. The band’s meandering notes and girly yet mature lyrics excel beyond a “chick” influenced stereotype and deliver an alluring arrangement of psychedelic compositions. (Megan McLean)
Gospel Gossip play the Badlander Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 9 PM with Your 33 Black Angels and KBGA DJs. $4.