Dream Analog Review by Daily Vault

Tom Haugen

Executed with sincerity,
emotion and plenty of universal beauty.

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.

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Dream Analog is out in the Universe!

Happy to announce we just released Dream Analog,
a true analog album!

Buy 180g Vinyl, CDs and Mp3s at BandCamp.com
 

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Lyrics

Liner Notes

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.

Why Analog Recording Matters

Why Analog Recording Matters

Analog recording allows the feeling in the music to be more completely delivered. WHY?

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.

SO WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

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.

LISTENING

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.

DREAM ANALOG


Recorded, mixed and mastered analog. Mastered for vinyl by Bernie Grundman. 
CD Mastered by Brian David Hardin.

Long Live Analog!

Song of The Satellite

Check out the latest Single from Dream Analog.

LISTEN on BandCamp to Song of The Satellite

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
streaming overhead
Satellite
streaming overhead
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
streaming overhead
Satellite
streaming overhead
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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© Teri Hitt — All Rights Reserved.

Listen for free on bandcamp

Photo: Susan Weingartner

Hey Just to let you know

You can hear the first Two Singles off Dream Analog on bandcamp now! Listen to Whatcha Gonna Do and Who U R
for free there.

Bandcamp is cool way to share music and discover music you never knew existed. Now that is cool!
*Listen to the Singles for free (3x). Check them out won’t you?  For Lyrics click here.


Whatcha gonna do when you realize who you are?

More ways to Listen here.

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Dream Analog recording almost done!

Wewh!  After 3 years of work, we are nearing the end of the recording part of creating the album, Dream Analog.

This week we record background vocals and horns and then off to Northern California to mix in a real cool studio called Laughing Tiger. Brian (producer) will be rolling up  his sleeves and mixing old school in a great studio set up specifically for mixing analog. We will be creating real vinyl records, CDs and cassettes from these recordings.

Thanks for all the support we have received and encouragement to record analog. It is a great sound. So much more organic information is accessed via the analog process!

Here’s some recent photos taken while recording the last couple songs with June Kato, Jim Whelan and Brian D. Hardin. Guest drummer, Paula Montondo, played drums on a new one just added to the album,  Whatcha Gonna Do.

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Keep It Together


You do a drug called television
just thought I’d let you know
your best friends not your tv
your ipad or your phone

it may try to break you down
with it’s frequency

If you think it guides you
you really are asleep

It’s the wrong road
wrong time
old paradigm
really not a shame
its slipping down the drain
we’re sorting it out

Sun comes up again
if we divide who wins?
so side step that –

We’re not gonna fall
for the freak show paranoid
we keep it together
oh ooo hooo
keep it together

We keep it together.

© Teri Hitt
All Rights Reserved.

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