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Gentle Return is the washy, weird-pop indie rock project of Devin Lane from San Francisco. Gentle Return sings of mental health, the isolation of techno-futurism, coming of age, love & heart break, and finding your friends. Ethereal guitars, textures on textures, a soulful smile.
Gentle Return brings emotional vulnerability and sonic experimentation to indie rock and pop music, a strange and wondrous successor to acts like Animal Collective, St. Vincent, and Elliot Smith.
Musician, songwriter, and producer Devin Lane began writing music as a teenager after learning the guitar from his father, drawing inspiration from 90s pop, 2000s pop punk, and grunge acts like Nirvana. After studying English literature and music in college, Devin embarked upon an overland journey from San Francisco to Cusco, Peru where he lived for a year, playing with local musicians and writing music. Upon his return, Devin recorded Gentle Return’s debut album South, which he self-released in 2017, weaving field recordings with his own original songwriting into a weird-pop tapestry, reflecting on travel, identity, and mental health.In 2015, Devin formed the band Real Real Talk, which included San Francisco multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer Sean Real (99% Invisible, Little Teeth). The band’s two year tenure resulted in two EPs and two tours. Enmeshed in the Bay Area DIY music scene, Devin has shared the stage and helped run DIY community music festivals with acts such as Young Jesus (Saddle Creek), Field Medic (Run For Cover), Diners, Dog Party, Dogbreth, and Pregnant.
After three solo US tours as Gentle Return—including a 30-show tour in part with Rosie Cima and Logan Greene/Sophie McTear (Diet Pop)-Devin finished recording This Is Really Happening primarily in his San Francisco bedroom. The sophomore effort invites us to reflect on anxiety and self-criticism, isolation and loneliness in the 21st century, the dissociative heartbreak of internet dating, and trying to find peace within oneself.
In 2020, Devin reflects on a third Gentle Return album, advises and collaborates with the ClimateMusic Project as the Artist Engagement Manager, and teaches guitar at Lightning Lessons, among other activities.Rosie Cima helped write this bio