#Review: Isaac Gracie – Isaac Gracie (Self-Titled)


   

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Isaac Gracie is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter, hailing from London. From humble beginnings, his 2016 demo, ‘Last Words’ caused a big stir online, leading to the head of Universal Music flying over from LA just to see him perform, resulting in his signing to Virgin EMI. Now, in 2018, the songsmith is releasing his debut, self-titled album. Here’s what we have to say about it…

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Every so often an album comes along that is both exciting, inspirational and sonically diverse; groundbreaking even…this is definitely one of those albums! (The last album I felt like this about was Will Joseph Cook‘s Sweet Dreamer.)

Whilst growing up, Gracie’s father left the family home and since signing to Virgin EMI, his longterm relationship sadly ended, but out of the ashes of these life-influencing events came some fantastic songwriting material, resulting in this incredibly powerful debut. As such, throughout the album, there are strong themes of abandonment, guilt and heartbreak; this honest approach and willing exposure of his emotional vulnerabilities is nothing new to songwriting but the way it marries up with the instrumentation is simply marvellous.

Opening track, Terrified’ (think Elbow meets Harry Styles‘Two Ghosts’) chronicles Gracie’s own fears and insecurities surrounding the hype about him, singing, “I’m terrified that maybe, I wasn’t cut out for this.” He really needn’t worry though; he certainly is cut out for this!

‘Last Words’ is a huge track for him; it’s the song that kick-started the buzz about him and whilst it’s very different from the demo, he admitted that he spent quite some time playing around with different versions before settling on the one that’s now on the record. He’s managed to strike a great balance between the original demo, maintaining some of it’s raw essence but also brought more depth to it with the addition of strings. Imagine a track by The Beatles that’s been countryfied and you get this!

The brilliant blend of highs and lows, and fusion of indie, rock, country and latin flavours has genuinely created one of the most genre-bending albums heard in a long time!

‘The Death Of You & I’ is a personal favourite – it’s got an almost latin beat behind it before it unleashes a hidden ferocity. The calm verses that erupt into the heavy, chaotic choruses make this an intense and fun song which you can’t help but want to thrash around to, wildly. There’s even an almost salsa-esque breakdown before the final chorus, making this one of the most intriguing songs I’ve heard in years.

Other stand-out tracks include; ‘Running On Empty’, which is relatively mainstream and quite indie (like something you might expect to hear from The Killers or Maccabees), ‘Telescope’ with its beautiful overlapping vocals at the end, ‘That Was Then’, which has stunning, dynamic vocals, ranging from deep to falsetto, topped off with a powerful and melodic chorus and ‘When You Go’, which is a track you would expect to hear from the likes of The Barr Brothers or Vance Joy and be accompanied by a music video shot with an old, handheld, film-reel camera; it’s strongly folk flavoured.

Gracie has been quoted as saying that he set out to create the best record of all time and whilst there are bound to be people who have differing opinions, he certainly has created a masterpiece! The brilliant blend of highs and lows, and fusion of indie, rock, country and latin flavours has genuinely created one of the most genre-bending albums heard in a long time…yet somehow it still works as a comprehensive body of work that is uniquely identifiable as him. This is an album I am certain will make a big impact this year and will definitely carve out an exciting future for his music career. Utter brilliance!

Rating
4-5


‘Isaac Gracie’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/isaac-gracie/1345686455


Isaac Gracie on Spotify

Terrified (Official Video)

Silhouettes Of You (Official Video)

Last Words (Official Video)


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of Isaac Gracie’s self-titled debut album? Are you as much of a huge fan as us? What would you rate it? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or chat to us about it via our socials.


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#MellowMonday: Frida Sundemo – ‘Gold’


   

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Swedish songstress Frida Sundemo has released her brand new single, ‘Gold’, ahead of her highly anticipated international debut album, Flashbacks & Futures, due out on 6th October.

This track is a soaring, cinematic masterpiece with its rousing synths, beautiful otherworldly flourishes and Frida‘s sweet-as-honey vocals. This track had me hooked from the very first line, “Take a deep breath.” It’s genuinely a song that feels like a short film and takes you on a journey, like no other song I’ve heard.

Regarding the single, Frida says, “‘Gold’ is about being brave and embracing the beauty of life. It’s about having the courage to risk something that’s ”alright” for the chances of getting something you really dream about.”

No music video has been released as yet, but we’ll keep you posted. The audio can be heard below though.

What are your thoughts of this sensational singer-songwriter? Got your own #MellowMonday track to recommend us? Please leave your thoughts or song suggestions in a comment or via social media.

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‘Gold’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/gold/id1273236455?i=1273236941


#ThrowbackThursday: My Chemical Romance – ‘Welcome To The Black Parade’


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Can you believe this song was released 10 years ago?! This seems insane to me; this was definitely one of my “emo” jams back in the day!

I remember just how all-consuming and intensely captivating this song was – it just took over the scene and saw a whole generation of emo kids wearing hussar-style jackets in homage to the band!

‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ was also the first and only UK Number 1 for the band but it was truly well deserved! This 5-minute epic masterpiece was just that; a masterpiece! It had everything going for it, the calm piano introduction leading to the rousing military drums into the full-on, in-your-face guitar riffs.

The video for the song was epic too – it sees “The Patient” die and get welcomed by “The Black Parade” into what can only be the afterlife.

I. LOVE. THIS. SONG!

It’s just a remarkable, well-crafted song that will surely be admired by future generations of emo-kids for years to come!

Were you a fan of the song first time around? What do you think of it now? Are you only just discovering it? What do you think? Please share your love of this by posting the link on social media.

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‘Welcome To The Black Parade’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/welcome-to-the-black-parade/id201234391?i=201234434


#Two4Tunesday: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Kevin’ featuring Leon Bridges & Halsey – ‘Colors’


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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Kevin’ featuring Leon Bridges

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are back with a brand new anthem, featuring Leon Bridges, called ‘Kevin’.

Macklemore wrote the track as an homage to his late, aspiring rapper friend, called Kevin, who overdosed on painkillers.

The track features the soulful voice of Leon Bridges and is accompanied by some rather stunning, black & white visuals.

The song is taken from the follow-up to their Grammy-award-winning album, The Heist, called, The Unruly Mess I’ve Made, and it’s cracking!


‘Kevin’ is on iTunes for downloading now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/kevin-feat.-leon-bridges/id1083640887?i=1083641061



Halsey – ‘Colors’

Halsey (aka Ashley Nicolette Frangipane) has just released the third single from her album Badlands, ‘Colors’. Her voice sits beautifully atop the instrumentation and it has an air of Taylor Swift about it, but with a little more heart to it.

The song is a bit of an electronic, musical masterpiece and seems fitting to be turned into a music video, and she has done just that – made a visual piece of art to accompany the song and although the relation to the song itself doesn’t seem evident, it doesn’t need to; it’s perfect the way it is! It’s a cryptic video with clues to the ending given throughout, so watch carefully!


‘Colors’ can be downloaded on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/colors/id1013141057?i=1013142011


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