mp3: “See You Cry” - Gingerlys
words: Sarah Hojsak
Gingerlys’ soft and effervescent dreampop is a welcome comfort to our ears this autumn. The Brooklyn five-piece is readying to release a self-titled LP, their first full-length and the follow-up to 2014’s Jumprope EP. “See You Cry” comes as the latest single from the forthcoming record, following “Turtledove.” The track is filled with fuzzy guitar hooks and an upbeat, relentlessly catchy melody – which would be plenty fine with us on its own, but it also does what only the best songs can accomplish, layering a seemingly light and carefree tune with intense emotional depth, forcing the listener to grapple with what’s below the surface. “Seasons die and leave behind / dead leaves scattered on the lawn / Settled dust on things you love / they won't last very long,” vocalist Jackie Mendoza repeats in the chorus, a poignant and affecting sentiment steeped in metaphor, reminding us that some things are fleeting despite how permanent we want them to be, encouraging us to let go even when it’s so, so hard.
Gingerlys is out Nov. 17 via Babe City & Topshelf Records. You can preorder it here; a portion of preorder sales will benefit The Trevor Project, The NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Planned Parenthood.