Need a gift for a gifted musician?
- 6-track cassette on Modern Tapes!
- 12 inch vinyl split with Windbreaker on Seehrs!
- 6-track cassette on Lillerne Tapes!
My cassettes are both sold out... But you can download digital versions...
Purchase a Flexi Vinyl single of "Disconnected" here:
My split with Windbreaker is still available!
Local musician Laura Callier layers dark synth melodies and gritty and tinny beats to create moody, hushed tracks as Gel Set. Tonight, Callier celebrates the release of her cassette Microsoftcore XXXCell (Lillerne Tapes), a six-track collection that’s sinister, sensual, and even sometimes fun—unsurprisingly, the EP’s best moments happen when Callier elicits those three feelings in a single song. On “All of the Pleasure” she takes sparse percussion samples—hand claps, fast and light motorik beats—resounding and gloomy synths, and whispered multitracked vocals and turns it into in a hypnotic pattern that becomes more intoxicating as she subtly toys with the song’s levels. Occasionally she’ll remove the synths and layered vocals from the track altogether, leaving a cold, barren, heartbeatlike rhythm. Later she’ll gradually add foggy “oohs” and “ahs” and sterile synth notes back into the stripped-down soundscape. It’s the dynamic with which she manipulates the mix that makes Callier’s output so haunting. Microsoftcore XXXCell sounds like a lone candle struggling to light a basement covered in metal; the pleasures come not in the center of the tiny fire but on the edge of the flame as it fights against the steely cold and barren darkness that closes in around it.
6 track cassette tape out on Modern Tapes!!
Review by Permanent Records:
"Chicago minimal synth cassette label, Modern Tapes, is hitting us with a killer variety of some darkly cold minimal synth releases. They describe Gel Set's "Cell Jets" as: '6 songs of hazy, spacey, sparse minimal synth from this wonderful chicago artist.' And we agree on all accounts...If you dig other one-woman fronted synth diva projects such as Stacian or Fielded, you'll be diggin' on this one like we are in no time!"
SPLIT EP WITH WINDBREAKER OUT ON SEEHRS RECORDS
Review by Permanent Records:
"Gel Set and Windbreaker are both Chicago based synth electro acts that are pumping out glow-in-the-dark pulse racing tunes of hazy sparkling spaceage minimal wave. Windbreaker gives us "Astral Projected Gunship" and "Meet Me On The Autostrada" both of which dole out booty moving echoed beats, wheezing keyboard lines washed over with video game melodies and an 80s soundtrack vibe. Windbreaker is a side project of a member of Lazer Crystal and further explores their vein of fast paced kenetic dance music. Gel Set gives us "Streets Covered In Snow" and "U-Lock In My Hand" two cuts of mid-tempo gauzy electro pulse that consist of throbbing back beats, murky keyboard swirl and washed out sultry female vocals. Gel Set wields a similar sonic influence as Stacian, Fielded and HTRK; creating catchy melodies that slither into a darker realm. Recommended."
"The minimal and darkly funny one-woman Gel Set leaves an happily danceable impression with tracks like “The Perfect Place To Dump A Body” (“That one there, he’s a hottie, / I just want to dump his body”) and “Can’t Stop Hating U...”
AV CLUB MILWAUKEE
"..she’s a vision a gun toting, mace wielding armour-clad High Places patrolling the ghettos of ethereal indie pop with the scarred grimace of Snake Plisken. U-lock In My Hand is going straight on 20JFG’s personal mp3 playback device to give us comfort in those moments where we find ourselves lost and alone in the ghettos of Unknown Kadath (where 20JFG obviously lives)." -- 20JAZZFUNKGREATS.CO.UK
Interview on Chicago Mix Tape