I was on the Mystic Pete Chronicles, this week.
It was a fun time in conversation with Mystic Pete about the new album Dream Analog and the times we’re in.
A record largely influenced by some of the most notable songwriters of the ’70s, Grace Gravity’s Dream Analog was captured live in a small home studio and recorded, mixed, and mastered analog. Later on, overdubs of horns, keys, percussion, and backing vocals were added with much meticulousness, giving the album a very warm, crisp feeling.
The cautious listen leads with the soft acoustic strumming and sweet vocals from Teri Hitt on “It’s Coming On,” which lays the foundation for the remainder of the album. “Go Ahead And Shine” then follows with a soothing, soft-rock quality as Hitt lets her strong pipes shine. “In The Center” continues with harmonizing backing vocals highlighting the folk rock approach.
The middle of the record offers some of the best tunes, including the reflective “The Long Road,” where brass and piano work together in soulful ways, while “Who U R” picks up the pace with a punchy rock ‘n’ roll feel. “Something New Can Grow,” a standout track, then finds a pretty place to reside as cosmic moments mix with the slow burning introspection.
Deeper in the listen, “Sunny Side Of The Road” moves with light melodies and a breezy formula that’s as timeless as it is memorable, and “Mother Earth” finishes out the listen with some of Hitt’s best vocals, as a dreamy quality enters the very sophisticated landscape.
A record that definitely brings us back to simpler times, Dream Analog and Grace Gravity herself reminds us of all the things we find appealing about Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, or Heart.
During these hectic, often heated times, an album like Dream Analog is the perfect antidote to the chaos with its serene, almost meditative quality that would have been as relevant in the ’60s as it likely will be 20 years from now.
Ermis Madikopoulos is a contributing writer for the Independent/UK
In an era where most records are produced digitally on software such as Logic or Pro Tools, it’s refreshing to hear a record such as ‘Dream Analog’ by Grace Gravity. I produce ambient music on Logic, and I use compression on my tracks. But sometimes, I find that if I use too much, it takes away the original warmth. But that’s beside the point.
Analogue recordings are brilliant because they keep the ambience and warmth that was intended. ‘Dream Analog’ was recorded completely analog. I love how the album cover represents the peaceful tree, but the psychedelic colours create a big atmosphere.
‘Song of the Satellite’ tugs at the emotions because the vocals are achingly beautiful, working very well with the trumpet and the synths. I think there’s a lot of clarity in these instruments that make the first half of the record a peaceful listen. The stunning ‘Go Ahead and Shine’ demonstrates Teri Hitt’s beautiful vocals because they soar in the chorus and the build-up.
I think that Grace Gravity have created an ambitious record that captures the atmosphere extremely well. The vocals are on point, and every instrument has space to breathe. A great listen.
This album is a collection of songs about waking up to yourself and what happens after you step into a new series of perceptions that change your life forever. Many of us have been realizing for sometime that the mundane physical reality is not all there is. There is much much more to the picture here on Earth. There are multi-dimensional aspects to life that can’t always be put into words. I hope that these songs will assist you on your own path of self discovery through these very strange times.
There is a certain essence that is retained in recording analog (to tape). It feels and sounds more earthy to me, more holistic. Even the digital files that were created after the music was mixed on analog equipment still sound better to me than if the music was initially recorded digitally. There’s just more there.
I hope you will get a chance to hear the record and feel it.
By staying in the center you can weather this crazy situation in the best possible way. Remember you are a source of strength for yourself and others. Keep your frequency up and out of the lower level chaos as best you can. This time of isolation can be a good thing. A time to reconnect fully with ourselves in a very deep way and remember who we are. And even more than that, a time to evolve like the caterpillar into a butterfly. A time of internal revolution/evolution.
Our new record, Dream Analog, will be released later this month. It was Recorded, Mixed and Mastered Analog to relay the utmost feeling possible.
—Sending Love, Grace Gravity
The recording process is completely different. In Analog recording (to tape) the whole sine wave is recorded. In digital recording there are samples taken that are then strung together creating square waves. So you’re looking at a difference in the wave form that is created… Sine wave or Square wave.
Analog recording reflects natural harmonic overtones and a warm tonal resonance because it is recording the whole wave form. Digital recordings create square waves instead of sine waves leaving out dimensions you might want to feel and know about. Even if later converted to digital, music initially recorded to tape (analog) fundamentally has more feeling to draw from for the mp3 or wave.
Sound effects us in many ways consciously and unconsciously. It may effect the construct of reality more than we can imagine because we’re in it and can’t really get an outside view. Listen to some music that was recorded analog. Such as any album from the 70’s before DATs (digital audio tape) or look for new music out now that specifically says recorded to tape (analog) or AAA on the sleeve (which means it was A=Recorded analog, A=Mixed Analog and A= Mastered analog). See how it makes you feel? That’s the most important thing.
Human beings respond to analog recordings. Music recorded that way informs us in very specific ways. You’re human (I assume) — go listen to some music that was recorded analog and feel for yourself. You may find you access dimensions in the music that you have not felt before.
There are listening rooms popping up in Los Angeles and other places. They have a lot of these in Japan. These are bars/places you can go to listen to vinyl records. Some of them were probably recorded analog. Go listen and see how you feel.
Recorded, mixed and mastered analog. Mastered for vinyl by Bernie Grundman.
CD Mastered by Brian David Hardin.
Long Live Analog!
Morning sitting quietly
bring it on home
bring it on home
over and over again
till you make it home
call it your own
Song of the Satellite
In the 2nd dream of the first heaven
book flew open to a page and
the mystery surrounded everything
In the early days of the desert
you were standing by a mirage
of an oasis you created
to keep you warm
Song of the Satellite
This song and the album, Dream Analog, were recorded to tape. That’s Analog! The whole sound wave is recorded. More music in the music. I hope you like it. Feel good!
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