The North London-based quartet of Gengahr had a breakthrough year last year, as their debut single “Powder/Bathed in Light” was breathlessly praised by the likes of The Guardian, Blogotheque and NME, received airplay on BBC Radio personality Huw Stephens’ show and BBC Radio 6 and XFM. Their debut single also managed to hit Hype Machine’s charts – for the uninitiated, it means that the single blew up across the blogosphere.
In any case, as a result of those early successes, the band played several major festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and MIDI where they played with the likes of Dry The River, Jungle (another recent fellow blogosphere darling), and The Maccabees, and toured with Wolf Alice and Superfood. This year will likely continue upon and expand upon their early successes as they’ve already played several sold out shows at Eurosonic, opened for Alt-J and will be playing their own headline dates in Manchester and London. Perhaps more important, the band’s debut EP, She’s A Witch was released last week – and the EP’s first single “Haunter” is a twisting and turning bit of gossamer and melodic pop that’s profoundly genre-defying as it possesses elements of psych rock, synth pop, folk pop and indie rock that has been compared to OK Computer-era Radiohead. And although that’s a pretty fair comparison, to my ears i’m also reminded quite a bit of 60s psych pop, as the song is both ethereal and trippy – but underneath the surface the track has a subtle sense of menace.