Tuesday, June 17th
English singer-songwriter David Gray is no stranger to putting out albums. Starting with his release of A Century Ends in 1993, Gray started making his mark as a modern folk artist who has been compared to the legendary Bob Dylan. The classic elements of his mostly guitar and piano driven indie-rock-sounding songs include thoughtful lyrics, downbeat tempos evoking a mellow mood, and surprising elements like electronic percussion, layered textures, echo and other effects.
Gray’s first four albums (released between 1993-1998) were well done, but unfortunately they were not met with popular sales or chart positions. All that changed in 2000 when Dave Matthews decided to re-release Gray’s fourth studio album, White Ladder, under his own label. The album’s popularity immediately soared, especially in Ireland—where it remained No.1 on the charts for a whopping span of two years and five months.
After White Ladder, Gray has been putting out successful albums fairly constantly, with occasional short hiatuses. In 2009, his album Draw the Line featured vocals by well-known artists Annie Lennox and Jolie Holland. Within a year, Gray pumped out another album with similar sound elements called Foundling. His upcoming new release Mutineers will be his 10th studio album, and his first release in about four years.
Kayla: “Hey guys, another album release is coming to Murfie on Tuesday, June 17th. David Gray is putting out his newest album, Mutineers. David Gray has been doing this since 1993, so he’s certainly not new. This is his 10th studio album, but it’s his first release in about four years. So he’s back in the world again, to use an awful pun based on the first track of his new album (“Back in the World”). His sound is still piano and guitar-driven—he is definitely a folk singer—but since he’s modern, it sounds a lot like indie rock because he uses electronic effects, and he uses layers to make his songs build and build which I think is really great. My favorite track that he’s released off the new album is called “Beautiful Agony”. It’s an example of how his song can start a certain way and it can build and become more powerful. It’s really beautiful, the way the song sounds, but it also sounds a bit sad and contemplative, so maybe that’s where he got the idea for the name “Beautiful Agony”. So he’s back in the world after four years—is he keeping it up with this album? A lot of people say he is, but it’s a bit less minimal than what he’s put out before. You can see for yourself! [Mutineers] is on our pre-order page, murfie.com/preorder.”
Some teasers from Mutineers
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