REVIEW album The Beauty Of Gemina Friends Of Mine (Single)

The Beauty Of Gemina Exude Powerful Byron-Esque Poetry On 'Friends Of Mine'

Friends Of Mine (Single)

The Beauty Of Gemina

A dark and dramatic song set perfectly against the backdrop of a simple, monochrome music video, The Beauty of Gemina remain (in the UK at least) a gem to be discovered. The Swiss kings of alternative pop & darkwave have created a truly melancholy new single, 'Friends of Mine'. Expect overtones of Chris Rea, Peter Murphy, Me & That Man and Gene Loves Jezebel.

Sophisticated as ever, Michael Sele's lyrics weave their unique magic, they are powerful, poetic and often Byron-esque; “Where are you dear friends of mine?... its me at the shore under a red diamond sky…”. Having unexpectedly had to undergo major and complex heart surgery, Sele’s own dark times have spawned some magnificently bleak & beautiful music. 'Friends of Mine' is described as ‘a fictional swan song’, as he reflects and wrestles with questions like ‘who will be at my side at the end?’ and ‘what will be remembered?’ He cites his recovery period as a productive & creative time. The bleak melancholia evoked here is quite hypnotically beautiful.

'Friends of Mine' is a rewarding listen for those of us that delight in wearing our little black hearts on our sleeves and eschew the likes of shallow, disposable pop. For anyone wanting to dig a bit deeper - the full album, Skeleton Dreams has a UK release 5th February 2021.