‘Torrents’ – Gypsies On The Autobahn
Hailing from Cabra in County Dublin, Gypsies on the Autobahn have been floating around the Irish music scene in some capacity since 2009. Now, seven years later, the four-piece have finally given us a taster of their long-awaited début album. The track is called ‘Torrents’ and it’s the culmination of a nomadic few years for the group.
Opening with a jarring crash of distorted guitars, ‘Torrents’ shows a band steering clear of the overly-polished indie-rock which has permeated the Irish music scene of late. This inclination toward a raw sonic backdrop offers the perfect counterpoint to a melodic lead vocal. Flirting with a falsetto, the group’s singer displays an impressive range as he weaves a lyrical tapestry suggestive of loss and longing. Amidst the cacophonous rhythm guitar, vocal harmonies emerge and fade away, while a thunderous clap of drums drives the song through its louder sections. The accompanying music video, directed by Little Green Cars guitarist Adam O’Regan, is beautifully shot and does an effective job of visually interpreting the tone of the music.
Gypsies on the Autobahn have been honing their craft for most of their adult lives and we should be thankful that they have taken their time, instead of rushing an album before they felt ready. With ‘Torrents’, they have released a single that is both immediately gripping and dense enough to demand further examination. We can expect the début LP from Gypsies on the Autobahn early next year.