mr. Gnome – “Spain”

mr. Gnome - "Spain"

mr. Gnome - "Spain"

The Cleveland, Ohio-based duo of Nicole (vocals, guitar) and Sam (drums, keyboards) shot a live video for the first single “Spain” off the newly-released sophomore album Heave Yer Skeleton.

“Spain” is a mesmerizing slow-builder that starts off for a good two minutes with Nicole picking limpid, but disquieting guitar notes and Sam playing chilled piano notes on a keyboard amid dangling glowworm lights.  The song then progresses gradually into striking drum, cymbals, guitar, and vocal fulmination as Nicole sharply alternates between terse but breathy vocal phrasing reminiscent of Allison Shaw on early Cranes songs minus the helium-high tone, and brittle, incendiary cries akin to Sinead O’Connor at her most distressed and impassioned, while Sam bashes away at the drums and cymbals with éclat, packing a heavy wallop, until it all softly drops down into a stark space of fluid and introspective piano notes and high-pitched, plucked guitar notes.

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