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Gengahr release their much anticipated return with their third full- length album, “Sanctuary”, via Liberator Music (part of The Mushroom Group).

More expansive and ambitious than ever before, Sanctuary is the experimental alt-pop band’s finest body of work to date, a DIY triumph which welcomes old friend Jack Steadman of Bombay Bicycle Club as producer, adding his distinct brand of symphonic sparkle to Gengahr’s complex, layered sound and pushing the band further into all-out pop territory than they’d ever dared stray before.

Recorded at the brand new Propagation House way out in Bude in Cornwall, the album also recaptures the magic that old school friends Felix Bushe, John Victor, Hugh Schulte and Danny Ward felt when they were making their debut. With mixing from the hugely in-demand Nathan Boddy (James Blake, Nilufer Yanya, Shame), additional production from John Victor and engineering from A Dream Outside’s engineer James Bragg, Sanctuary is vibrant, intoxicating, intimate and alive; the product of friends having a good time and seizing control of their own destiny.

The band said :We are overjoyed to let you know that our new album ‘Sanctuary’ is released on 31st January 2020 and includes our new single ‘Everything & More’ which is available now. We are so happy to be back!

The album was produced by our pal Jack Steadman from Bombay Bicycle Club and we are so proud of what we have created together.

Alongside shows already announced, we’re also going on tour next year in the UK,

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A dark, dreamy dose of romantic pop that rises and falls between icy climes of quivering vocals to the warm, dark depths of fluid driving riffs. There’s touches of psychedelia, swirling elegantly around simplistic melodies that soothe and gently etch themselves into your mind. Gengahr are in no rush to make an impression you, this is no deluge of dream pop, it is not intended to blast you away floundering and wondering what’s going on. It’s a far more gentle, progressive record that washes over you in slight ebbs and flows and allows you to drift away, tuning into the occasional raucous solo. Stick on “Bathed In Light” and try not to picture yourself rowing a raft, your toes dangling in the water. Delightful grooves accompany perfected guitar effects of John Victor, but Gengahr are a band we’re already eager to hear develop, from their already irresistible sound that can slot neatly into practically any mood.

In March last year, The band Gengahr emerged from north London with breakthrough demo ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’, a vampiric love song on which singer Felix Bushe implored, “Let me in/So I can drink from you”. The quartet’s debut album sounds just as unsettling. “I’ve changed for the better now there’s metal in my heart”, sings Bushe in his delicate falsetto on the iridescent ‘Heroine’, like some kind of lovelorn Iron Man. ‘Lonely As A Shark’, meanwhile, has him “lonely as a shark in a dark room, counting away” over rippling guitars, and the woozy ‘She’s A Witch’ wonders “Maybe she’ll sink, maybe she’ll fly/I caught a witch that cries all the time”. Throughout these 11 gently psychedelic tracks, John Victor weaves an aura of calm via unconventional but pretty guitar patterns that counterbalance Bushe’s romantic tribulations. The result is a record that cloaks Gengahr’s inherent weirdness in peaceful melodies you’ll want to wallow in for hours.