Jangle guitars attached to a droning, minimalist palette...

Gum Country have shared their shimmering new track 'Somewhere'.

The group is led by Courtney Garvin of fantastic Canadian group The Courtneys, joined by drummer and synth player Connor Mayer.

Debut album 'Somewhere' lands on June 19th, and it seems to merge a fondness for fuzzy lo-fi pop - C86 or Flying Nun for example - with its own brand of jangle pop minimalism.

The title track revolves around a steady two-note synth pulse, one part Suicide and one part Question Mark and the Mysterians.

That descending guitar line is pure 'Murmur' era R.E.M. however, while Courtney's probing lyricism is typically evocative.

"I wrote 'Somewhere' a couple years after moving to LA", explains Garvin. "It's about leaving a place that you are comfortable in and landing in a strange new one, and discovering what parts of your identity remain and which were left behind."

"The first line I wrote was 'haven't felt this way in a while, I can't think straight can't hide my smile, i guess this is gonna be my life for a while', and then it was just a process of unravelling that thought. I think the song could be about the range of emotions that come with any big change, and ultimately settling on a mellow excitement for vulnerability."

She adds: "It's pretty serious subject matter for Gum Country, and I blame it on the poetry class I was taking at the time."

Tune in now.

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