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.
Listening to it on big speakers, it’s a dream because it captures every instrument as it was intended, leaving a beautiful sound reminiscent of the late 60s.
‘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.