The Exodus Suite, is a typically ambitious album about her personal inner journeys that was released on her own label, Bronze Rat Records. Such tracks as the aptly titled “The Original One” unwind slowly in a candied haze of shimmering guitars and icy sheets of keyboards before Ray unfurls her majestic voice in a spellbinding combination of adoration and wonder.
British songbird Gemma Ray only rarely alights on these shores; a planned U.S. tour in 2010 had to be scrapped when an Icelandic volcano eruption grounded international flights. The singer-guitarist is a captivating presence onstage as she stirs up an unusual combination of dark cabaret idylls, noir-ish roots-rock and spectral pop. She’s experimental enough to have collaborated with Sparks and the late Alan Vega, and her new opus,