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With lush soundscapes and haunting melodies, GPSYMTH (pronounced “gypsy moth”) represents a radical departure for 20-year-old Peter Quinn. Already a veteran of the Connecticut hardcore scene, Quinn spent his high school years playing in punk bands and frequenting shows with his older brother. Even as Quinn’s musical interests broadened, he continued being drawn to the complex dissonance of hardcore, but it wasn’t long before he started experimenting and transforming it into something more beautiful, nuanced, and expansive.

Soon after graduation and a short flirtation with St. John’s film program in Queens, Quinn moved to Boston, enrolling in Emerson College’s Sound Design program, and almost immediately began work on Ripostes. Returning home during semester breaks, Quinn discovered a newfound appreciation for the country where he grew up—and this sense of finding isolation and consolation in nature now comprises the very cells of his music. From Alfred Hitchcock’s purity of vision to the imagist poetry of Ezra Pound and WC Williams, Ripostes is an alchemy of abstraction and clarity, escapism and imagism, and ultimately the result of many long hikes through the forests and hills of New England.

An artist of quiet exuberance, GPSYMTH is a narrative of traveling, of dreams, and of the urgency to follow paths through the woods before they vanish into the dark. Initially self-released in early 2012, a completely re-mixed and re-imagined version of Ripostes is set to be released on October 30th, 2012, through Brooklyn label, Stars & Letters.

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