Her first studio album No Place Like Home is due for release in July and single ‘Stop’ paves the way. A collaboration with Alfie Jackson and Sean Genockey, ‘Stop’ speaks to the invasive and personal nature of social media. From the minimalist motorik riff that propels the tune, to the unexpected summer smash allure of the chorus, it is as infectious as it is thought-provoking. The lyrics are injected with elements of fun and sprinkled with relatable reminders of the everyday, as she navigates towards happier times with her listener’s in tow.
“Switching off and returning to those delicate real time lovely spaces without technology clouding our vision is really important. I crave those spaces where it can just be you and those you’ve chosen to spend time with without any of the other noise. I met Alfie Jackson at a gig we were both playing at the old queens head in angel. We watched each other’s sets, went for cider and chips and that was that really. We teamed up with Sean Genockey and wrote STOP in a day.”
Sonically, ‘Stop’ holds its own alongside the likes of Wet Leg and Ian Dury, perhaps with a subtle nod to Lily Allen. Yet, Gemma’s debut feels incredibly authentic to her own journey. The first taste of what is to come when the full album drops later this summer.
Stop is available from all digital platforms now.