GAYNGS

When Ryan Olson decided to make a record with Solid Gold members Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt, it was clear to them what the result would be: a collection of drugged-up keyboards and slick bedroom production almost exclusively inspired by 10cc's "I'm Not In Love." To be fair, they weren't entirely off. What they didn't know was that it would spiral into a project of epic proportions, enlisting the talents of over 25 musicians from various scenes around the country, relocating the base of operations from Olson's Minneapolis bedroom/studio to the Wisconsin-based studio April Base, and the genesis of a musical family, GAYNGS. From the moment anyone heard Olson, Coulter, and Hurlburt's rough version of their first composition "The Gaudy Side of Town," they wanted in on it. To most of the players involved, this genre of music was quite foreign yet entirely familiar. Olson knew this, and began calling upon an eclectic cast of contributors whom he thought would share his vision, and relish in the idea of exploring uncharted musical territory within them. The first people to join the cause were North Carolina's Megafaun (Joe Westerlund, Brad Cook, Phil Cook), and with them came Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds), and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce. By mid-2009 the studio sessions were becoming more and more frequent, bouncing back and forth between April Base and Olson's bedroom. In Minneapolis, Olson brought in Rhymesayers rapper P.O.S and his fellow Doomtree artist Dessa, psych-rockers Jake Luck and Nick Ryan (Leisure Birds), song-birds Channy Moon-Casselle and Katy Morley, jazz-saxophonist Michael Lewis (Happy Apple, Andrew Bird), retro-pop duo Maggie Morrison and Grant Cutler (Lookbook), and slide-guitarist Shön Troth (Solid Gold). Vocally, GAYNGS is a triumph. Zack Coulter (Solid Gold) shines from the jump, floating over the record with his airy, haunting melodies. Fans of Bon Iver will recognize Vernon's familiar falsetto, but will flip when they hear his Bone Thug's-style R&B. Ivan Howard sounds right at home with his sensual and breathy leads, while P.O.S. abandons his genre entirely for a soul inspired tenor. With over a dozen people contributing vocals, its incredible how cohesive the album sounds. After a year of tracking and mixing, GAYNGS is officially ready to release the album, entitled "Relayted." The initial goal was achieved perfectly, yet "Relayted" sounds refreshing and modern. With each song written at 69 BPM's, and tripped-out transitions from song to song, it is truly an audio experience from start to finish. Watch for GAYNGS to erupt this coming spring.

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Gayngs + White Hinterland at Doug Fir, Portland, Ore. May 28

Balloons & Lagoons: A GAYNGS Eye View Of Coachella

A couple weekends ago GAYNGS performed at the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival in Indio, California. Remember?

Minneapolis’ premier smooth collective documented their time in the sunshine using modern photographic equipment. They are now able to share selected memories with you, gentle voyeur, through a visual diary hosted by The Quietus. See?

Watch GAYNGS and Kanye West ft. Justin Vernon Perform Live at Coachella



This past weekend at Coachella in Indio, CA, several of our artists kicked so much ass that they trended on twitter. GAYNGS and Bon Iver were two of those bands. Above is a video of GAYNGS performing “The Walker” and below we have Kanye West and Justin Vernon performing “Lost In the World.”

Kanye told Justin over a year ago that his vision for “Lost in the World” was that it was the festival closer. True to his word…



GAYNGS Drops by the SPIN Shed at SXSW

Courtesy of SPIN.com

Courtesy of SPIN.com

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I’ve got another video featuring our friend Justin D. E. Vernon with bonus Ryan Olson from SXSW. These GAYNGS-leaders stopped by the SPIN Shed at SXSW to chat with Peter Gaston about the project, which can really be summed up by Justin here as “lightspeed right past ironic and into the awesome zone.”

Cry by GAYNGS

Faded High by GAYNGS
The Gaudy Side of Town by GAYNGS

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