Sometimes what you fancy listening to is some upbeat, faster tempo music that has a lighter feel than some of the other genres. Gumshen’s DigiBites fills that role very well, a mixture of electronica, rock and pop, it makes for an eclectic and layered listening experience.
The Seattle-based band is made up of Ron Hippe, Jan Ciganik, Dennis McCoy and Chip Reno, and sites influences from artists including Pink Floyd and Chromeo. They have had a number of albums released since 2007, DigiBites being their most recent.
One thing that I really enjoyed about DigiBites was the clean and warm sound. I often subjectively find some music that veers more towards electronic beats to be a little cold and clinical but Gumshen’s tracks all seem to have a warmth to them that appeals to me. The next thing that I really appreciated was Ron Hippe’s vocals; they have a kind of echoing magnetism that sits more than comfortably on top of the various sounds contained in the music. His vocals also hold your attention, in tandem with the song writing of course. There are a number of tracks where the flow of the words is interrupted by a change in his tone or pace. The track Be Here Now is a great example of this, the airy first few lines of the chorus followed by the more sudden (but not harsh) exclamation “Look up!”. Pick Up The Slack is also a track that enjoys slightly harder vocals in this manner, the titular line “Pick up the slack!” an order rather than a suggestion.
Now a confession. I have never viewed myself as being a foot-tapper when listening to music. DigiBites’ fast pace and catchy beats did bring this behaviour out in me though, much to my amazement. I might add I have nothing against foot-tapping, I just very rarely do it. To me, that is solid evidence that Gumshen’s music has something to it above others I might have listened to. Most of the tracks on DigiBites have something in them that appeals, whether it is some deep-toned electronic notes or delicately plucked fast-paced guitar riffs, it all comes together in a smooth way that is easy to listen to and satisfying. What more could you want?
You can checkout Gumshen at their website here.