Swiss Darkwavers The Beauty of Gemina to Perform in Chile and Brazil This Week — New Album “Songs of Homecoming” to be Released This Summer

I close my eyes for a thousand years…

Over fifteen years and more than 250 live shows across 25 countries, Swiss darkwave group The Beauty of Gemina has established a formidable reputation from its home base in Switzerland to distant shores in Europe, particularly in Central and South America. The band is slated to play in Chile and Brazil this week, with gigs in Santiago on Wednesday, April 24th, and Sao Paolo on Saturday, April 27th, respectively.

The music of The Beauty of Gemina fuses darkly enticing, passionate melodies that traverse melancholic wave to soulful blues, and dip into a chamber music-inflected post-rock, all while being deepened by dark indie-pop twists. Their live performances blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Michael Sele, the powerhouse behind the band, not only writes their songs but also directs their sound as the lead vocalist, arranger, and producer, driving The Beauty of Gemina to notable artistic achievements.

“I want to create an album that captures the essence of coming home and the magic of reunion,” says Michael Sele. “The songs are like a diary of my own journey home.”

Songs of Homecoming is set to drop in late summer 2024, marking four years since their last release, Skeleton Dreams. This period has not only seen the challenges of a global pandemic but also ongoing conflicts like the war in Ukraine and a critical environmental crisis. On stage, Michael Sele’s remarkable presence has been a key factor in the band’s successful live shows, bolstered by the dynamic drumming of TBOG veteran Mac Vinzens. Andi Zuber on bass and Daniel Manhart on keyboards round out the current lineup.

The Beauty of Gemina was founded in 2006 by Michael Sele, following the dissolution of his previous band, Nuuk. From their inception, The Beauty of Gemina made a mark with their debut album featuring the hit “Suicide Landscape,” which quickly climbed the World Gothic Charts. The band’s music videos, such as “This Time” and “Suicide Landscape,” received significant airplay, enhancing their visibility on platforms like VIVA (MTV Europe) and Schweizer Fernsehen.

Over the years, The Beauty of Gemina’s 250 live shows across 25 countries included high-profile gigs supporting The Smashing Pumpkins and playing at renowned festivals such as Wave-Gotik-Treffen and M’era Luna. Their music combines elements of electronic rock, metal, and classical music, often featuring samples from iconic compositions like Mozart’s works.

The band’s evolving sound was particularly noted with the release of “Iscariot Blues” in 2012, where they embraced a more acoustic and introspective style. This shift has continued through subsequent albums like “Minor Sun” and “Skeleton Dreams.”

Their latest project, “Songs of Homecoming,” set for release in late summer 2024, promises to explore themes of return and reunion, reflecting Sele’s personal journey and artistic vision.

Lyrically, Michael Sele, who serves as the songwriter, lead vocalist, arranger, and producer, delves into profound themes of suicide, depression, loneliness, and criticism of societal norms, offering a cathartic experience for listeners. His ability to weave complex emotions into his music has not only defined the band’s sound but also established a loyal fan base around the globe.

As they continue to tour and produce new music, The Beauty of Gemina remains a significant and influential force in the alternative music scene, revered for their artistic depth and innovative approach to music and storytelling.

Catch The Beauty of Gemina in Brazil and Chile this week!

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Alice Teeple

Alice Teeple is a photographer, multidisciplinary artist, and writer. She is not in Tin Machine.

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