Gillespie – Aq Me Ben – Single Review

It has been approaching four years since the Kosovan dream-wave quartet Gillespie last featured.

Gillespie - Aq Me Ben


This lengthy delay has been due entirely to them laying low, but it is with some pleasure to discover they are back with a new track Aq Me Ben.

Like a wine ageing the maturation process with Gillespie discovers them resurfacing with a more refined sound with the scintillating vocals of Hana being of greater presence and the introduction of synths allowing the band deliver a track that is dreamy space in which to luxuriate.

I hope I don’t have to wait until 2020 to next feature their evocative material.

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Gillespie an alt-indie band from Pristina in Kosovo is Hana (Vocals), Guri (Guitar), Isah (Bass) and Granit (Drums).

Gillespie - alt-indie from Kosovo


Combining psychedelia and shoegaze then tempering it with rock ‘n roll makes for the ground in which Gillespie deliver their sounds. Well established within the local scene but less known further afield Gillespie deliver music which is steeped in the guitar meandering across the stage giving it something of the feel of an acid jazz feel whilst percussion retains a tight reign on steering a direction and this conflict of context gives the out-put a sense that it is always on the edge of breakdown, making the material somewhat challenging for audiences.

For those who work with the challenges there is much to enjoy, else it will sound jarring and credit to Gillespie for throwing down the gauntlet. The elements that the quartet bring together sparkle as individual components it is more a question as to whether the listener can work with the final construct that doesn’t offer a compromise with the relentless flow of sounds which emerge.

Working in what still remains a region in tension and with limited facilities and travel opportunity Gillespie are doing a sterling job and I hope they are afforded a broader international audience in short order.


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