Posts filed under ‘Gracie’
I’ve had my eye on Gracie (aka Andrew Theodore Balasia) ever since I first listened to his “Summer EP” back in 2011. Now he’s posted a new single off an upcoming album, “Bleeder”, due out March 12 via Small Plates Records. “Habits” is a nice little shift in direction for Gracie, utilizing his talents for elegant and easy-going songcraft and building it into something even stronger. It’s an exuberant, fun, and soulful track that playfully runs through common habits (like counting cracks in the sidewalk to biting one’s nails) before blending into something more substantial and beautiful: “Habit is a gene, it’s a song, it’s the soul …Whatever you say / Whatever you do / I’ll be there … “ The song blows-up at the close, exploding into a crescendo of drums, keyboard, screamingly high falsetto, and soaring noise. It’s gorgeous and utterly charming. “Habit” might be the best song Gracie has created. In the end, it’s a track about passion, and you can hear it in Gracie’s words and vocals. Read archived Their Bated Breath posts about Gracie by clicking here. You can follow Gracie on facebook or soundcloud. Lyrics are unofficial. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Posting a track from a Portals mixtape might start to become as regular as highlighting a recent track off a BEKO mix. Portals is a new collective music site featuring the collaborative efforts of 16 different music blogs. To start Portals off on the right foot, they posted a “Mixtape No. 1″ that included 16 unreleased tracks chosen by their bloggers. Well, they’ve got a second mixtape out (with 15 songs) and it begins with a Their Bated Breath favorite, Gracie. Track one is a beautiful, glittery new song called “Bracelet”, with whispered vocals so drifting and sweet that they should be enough to keep fans at bay until Gracie comes out with his latest release. Bookmark Portals right now. You can download the new mixtape at this page. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Gracie has a new video out for his sensual track “Southern Place”, a song off his “Treehouse EP”, which you can pre-order here. The video was directed by Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost. Follow Gracie at facebook. Gracie’s 2011 EP “For Summer” was named one of Their Bated Breath’s Top 15 EPs of last year. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Gracie premiered a video for “Sisters” at One Thirty BPM, and befitting Halloween, the video is filled with clips from horror films. “Sisters” is the first single released from Gracie’s “Treehouse EP”, and will be available via Small Plates in January. It’s the follow up to a five-song EP, “For Summer”, which I wrote about back in June. The song is a light, airy breath of electronica, with whispered vocals. Listen to more of Gracie’s music at bandcamp and follow news about his music at facebook, twitter and tumblr. “For Summer” is out via Absent Fever. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Gracie is following up his five-song EP, “For Summer” (which I wrote about back in June), with another soon-to-be released EP called “Treehouse”. I just received this link to his first single off “Treehouse”, called “Sisters”. The softly whispered vocals are still there, but “Sisters” is a darker and more mysterious sound than the breezy romance of its predecessors like, “Untitled” and “For Dylan, From Africa”. Can’t wait to hear more from this record in the next few months. Be sure to listen to more of Gracie’s music at bandcamp and follow news about his music at facebook, twitter and tumblr. “For Summer” is out via Absent Fever. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Gracie released two new tracks from off an upcoming 5-song record (with bonus B-side tracks), “For Summer EP”, which will be released via Absent Fever on June 20th. The first two cuts, “Untitled” and “For Dylan, From Africa” are elegant, breezy and romantic as a seaside kiss. “Untitled” is a brisk track, with electronic blips and synth — mixing soulfully whispered vocals and falsetto with a nimble piano flourish at the end. This is fantastic music and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the record. Note: You can hear the two songs and download them for free at bandcamp. Album photo taken by Lukasz Wierzbowski and the album artwork is designed by Josh Balick. Absent Fever is also the home of Their Bated Breath favorites: Galapagos, Kynan, Wonder Bear and Ra Calium. – David D. Robbins Jr.