Submitted by SteveT on 16 August 2012 - 9:48pm
What's it called?:
The Graceless Age
What does it sound like?:
Carthartic for starters. John Murry has had a pretty fucked up life - rehab at a young age and scrapes with the law and mortality since. In fairness this music is not bleak at all - it has an ethereal quality on many of the piano lead songs and there is much orchestration and samples. Chuck Prophet helps out with guitar duties and the final track The Thorn tree in the garden has you immediately hitting the repeat button. Lyrically it is raw and based on many of his personal experiences - it will take a few listens to get all of the lyrics but the snatches of conversation between some of the tracks suggests police arrests and other misdemeanors.
What does it all *mean*?:
The music is uplifting but in a mournful way if that makes sense - like coming home from work after a bad day and realising things aren't really that bad.
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I recall much of John Grant in the first few listens - Lyrically stark but beautifully melodic piano. Some introspection too. Also Eels in the confessional tone and Mark Eitzel.