Album Premiere: ginla, ‘Dreaming in Circles’

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 11.20.14 in News

Toronto duo ginla — Joe Manzoli and Jon Nellen — write songs that flutter and thump. Across the length of their mesmerizing EP, Dreaming in Circles, they unspool mini mirages: wavy, wheezing numbers built from slowly-exhaling organs and dotted with sun-catching synths. “Things You Have” sounds like some Martian take on calypso, synthetic steel drums pinging away behind curlicues of slack-key guitar. On “Marooned,” electronics pool and expand while a drum track scurries wildly in across the background. There’s a melodicism to the songs, but it’s easy and unhurried. The vocals are sighed, not sung, and feel almost like another instrument — another neon band of color in this weird, transfixing rainbow.