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Gengahr - Powder
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Sep 17, 2014
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With a name that will perplex many, London-based Gengahr bring a kind of "new" nostalgia to their listeners, with a mixture of classic Brit-pop and modern indie rock on new track "Powder."

After supporting Superfood and Wolf Alice on tour, and now preparing to support Dry The River, growing interest in Gengahr has been rewarded with a track that suggests many possibilities.

Despite the ease with which you can put a label on their music, Gengahr goes through many transitions in the space of four minutes. The contrast between the clean cut opening and the wonderfully indistinct conclusion shows the variable talents of the five piece.

Lead singer Felix Bushe has that immense vulnerability that so often captivates indie audiences, sliding between lurking, low key verses and choruses crowded with memorable refrains. Whether at the forefront or providing a simple layer, Bushe's quivering falsetto has tinges of Thom Yorke and Dry The River's Peter Liddle. 

In the midst of this pool of talent is guitarist John Victor, and from this evidence, that name might soon be used alongside the likes of Graham Coxon and Johnny Marr. With a thumping, head-shaking chorus and guitar arpeggios rooted in smile-inducing familiarity, you'd think we've been spoilt enough.

However, Victor turns the meter up some more. These days people rarely have time for guitar solos any more, but Gengahr indulges in a bit of a throwback, and it pays off. The combination of all these seemingly obsolete musical practices has brought about something quite exciting.    

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