GENTS harness captivating ‘Moments’ through throwback synth-pop


There’s something relatively charming about waking up to a notice about “the sound of sensual sorrow.” But that’s part of the pitch and appeal of Danish duo GENTS, who have issued a captivating fit of romantic electronic-pop called Moments, a two-track AA side that recalls the simpler days of ’80s synth-pop without ever being swallowed up in nostalgia. Because who has time for yesterday when you’re trudging through the proper confusion of modern-day life? “GENTS is a recreational space, where everyone is welcome to come and feel good, while we look for sense and meaning behind it all together,” the band states. “It’s a spa stay, where giving yourself a treat goes hand-in-hand with being naked and vulnerable around others. On Moments we try, but can’t work out how, to be whole people or whole lovers — no matter how much we want to.” On “Empty Shell” and “Part Time Lover,” GENTS rely on both sonic simplicity and a depth of personal engagement, a reflective measure that’s part coming-of-age, part self-exploration. “Moments is for people who dare to voice their feelings of doubt and inadequacy,” they add. “We’ve come to say that ‘you’re good enough as you are, you beautiful mess!’ We all share these feelings, and it’s 2018 — we have to be able to talk about them!” Every path through a field of sorrow finds flowers along the way.