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Song Of The Day

David Gray – “Only the Wine”

We added this song into rotation at mvy today and I remembered how much I love it. There’s a lot of sadness on David Gray’s latest album, Founding, but I still really enjoy it. It’s one of those sad winter albums that you have to be in the right mood for. “Only the Wine” is one of the only tracks that has a lightness to it… it’s simple and gorgeous. Check out the album version below and then a little video where Gray talks about how he wrote the song:

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NEW Music: David Gray


David Gray – Foundling

Haunting. Somber. Dark. Sorrowful. Mysterious. All of these words can be used to describe David Gray’s new album, Foundling. There are 11 tracks on the album, and a bonus disc with 8 more songs. When I first started listening to this new material, I was a bit surprised. It was so stripped down and understated. It seemed to be missing those layers of intricacy I know in Gray’s music… and the momentum and build up in the songs just wasn’t there. But the more I listen, the more I realize that each piece of every tune is still crafted just as carefully as anything we’ve heard from him. And overall, the material is just as sad (depressing, even) as anything Gray has written. It’s still very much David Gray.

The first track (my favorite track), “Only The Wine” has a playful and light melody but the following 9 tracks are incredibly slow and could lull you to sleep if you were tired. The title track, “Foundling” is exceptional. With a haunting accordion moan, low saxophone blasts,  and hand drums, the tune pulls you in from start to finish. Throughout the rest of the album you’ll find beautiful piano-work and gorgeous string sections (as one would expect from David Gray). Track 11, “Davey Jones’ Locker”, picks up a bit to finish the album and on the bonus disc, there are a few fun, upbeat tunes like “Indeed I Will” and “A Moment Changes Everything”. As always, Gray knows how to pluck at heart strings with lines like “I’m fluttering like a dollar to the floor” and “we are just passing ghosts, honey, vapours of joy and hurt” sang in his unmistakable, pain-filled voice.

I think this album will definitely be deemed a snoozer by some folks. But Gray’s aim wasn’t to make a big impact with this record… in fact, by naming the album Foundling he deemed this material as the abandoned child of last year’s album, Draw the Line. Gray has even been quoted as saying, “This record is going to disappear off the face of the Earth, bar some freak occurrence.”  So take from this new material what you will… but for me, Foundling is the perfect album for a certain mood. These songs will be my ideal soundtrack to the swirling of dead fall leaves and the gray smear of a Vineyard winter sky.

Listen to clips of all 11 songs here!
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LIVE: David Gray

I can’t quite say I like David Gray better than Ray LaMontagne since the two are so incredibly different. That’s part of what made the show so good! LaMontagne’s set was a heaping helping of one of the most heartfelt and soulful voices you’ve ever heard followed by Gray’s tender but raw and emotional wall of sound.  There’s just something about David Gray’s music that cuts to the core of me and finally seeing him live in concert was nothing short of spectacular.

He played a mix of old and new tunes, definitely getting the crowd riled up right away. Each and every song was so epic and ended with such power, you’d think it was the final song of the night. “Fugitive” was the perfect start to the set with its booming drums and gorgeous buildup. Here’s his complete setlist:

1. “Fugitive”
2. “Stella the Artist”
3. “Be Mine”
4. “The One I Love”
5. “Now and Always”
6. “Jackdaw”
7. “Sail Away”
8. “The Other Side”
9. “We Could Fall in Love Again Tonight” [solo]
10. “Shine” [solo]
11. “Nemesis”
12. “Please Forgive Me”

ENCORE:
13. “This Year’s Love”
14. “Babylon”

I was so psyched to hear “Jackdaw” which is my favorite track from 2009’s Draw The Line, and “Please Forgive Me”,  my favorite from White Ladder (2000). But the best moment of the set for me was when his (incredible) band walked offstage, leaving Gray alone with his guitar to play a tune from his new album Foundling followed by “Shine” – the first David Gray song I ever heard. The lyrics are so sad but so moving and it was amazing to stand there watching him belt them out…

“For all that we struggle, for all we pretend
It don’t come down to nothing except love in the end.
And ours is a road that is strewn with goodbyes,
but as it unfolds, as it all unwinds…
remember your soul is the one thing you can’t compromise
Take my hand…We’re gonna go where we can shine”

At the end of the night, David Gray and Ray LaMontagne performed a song together. I can’t be sure, but I think it was the Bee Gees tune, “In the Morning”. The crowd was AMPED to see them up there side by side, but the rocky duet was a true testament to how different their sounds are. Their guitar playing, their voices, and their energy levels didn’t mix well when put together, but seeing their sets back to back was an amazing musical experience I won’t soon forget.

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Song(s) Of The Day

Ray LaMontagne – “Beg Steal or Borrow”
David Gray – “A Moment Changes Everything”

NEW TRACKS from Ray LaMontagne and David Gray! LaMontagne’s forthcoming album, God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise, will hits stores August 17th…as will David Gray’s new 2 disc release, Foundling. I’m psyched to get new albums from these artists so soon! I hear they both wanted to release new material for their tour together this summer… hence the ‘all of a sudden’ singles. Here’s the Ray LaMontagne single:

And the David Gray single:

You can still get tickets to either Boston show (featuring both of these amazing artists!!), on August 17th or 18th at the Bank Of America Pavilion.

Ray LaMontgane
David Gray

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