A pseudo uber-group of indie musicians from a spectrum of genres, Gayngs sounds like an art-school loft party at four a.m., DJ’d by trip-hoppers who forgot to caffeinate for an all-nighter. Conceived by two members of glossy synth-pop outfit Solid Gold and musician/producer Ryan Olson (all from Minneapolis), Relayted was inspired by the song “I’m Not in Love” by ‘70s lite-rockers 10cc, and each track was recorded at 68 bpm (though the breezy, glistening “Faded High” sounds suspiciously lively). The recording project grew to include members of North Carolina’s Rosebuds and Megafaun, Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, and a slew of vocalists and musicians from the Minneapolis music scene, including rapper P.O.S. and Doomtree MC Dessa. If this sounds a bit too gimmicky, forget everything you just read: this is a fantastically textured, casually sexy and meticulously crafted set of music, rife with surprises. Relayted, like the gorgeous self-titled Broken Bells’ debut, serves as an outstanding example of genre-busting, outside-the-lines creative thinking.

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