From her forthcoming album Milk For Your Motors (released on August 25), Gemma Ray shares a new song, Shake Baby Shake, exclusively with MOJO. A red velvet curtain swish of pop noir, Shake Baby Shake pairs a seismic metaphor for a tumultuous love affair with slow-building melodic drama.
“Take me to the centre of the mouth of Mount Vesuvius / The centre of the universe,” she swoons, beginning a stream of mischievous volcanic imagery of elemental thrust and shaking ocean floor.
An Essex girl transposed to Berlin, Ray’s lovely voice and the song’s coiling melody sound deceptively light and fragile but soon grow into more elaborate patterns; prettily complex, like bird footprints on sand. No wonder the esteemed likes of Alan Vega and Howe Gelb were persuaded to contribute to her new album.
Listen to Shake Baby Shake. And if you submit your email address, you'll also get it as a free download... Gemma Ray is on tour with John Grant this month before her headline tour in September.
June 22: Stratford Upon Avon, Royal Shakespeare Theatre UK June 23: Leeds, Irish Centre UK June 24: Sowerby Bridge, Puzzle Hall UK June 25: Cambridge, Junction UK June 26: Bournemouth, Old Fire Station UK June 27: Brighton, Dome UK July 10: Hamburg, Schanzenpark DE July 11: Stuttgart, Ratzer Records DE July 12: Tuttlingen, Honberg Sommer DE
Photos by: Alisa Resnick