Music Monday: David Gray’s Mutineers

Friday, May 23, 2014

David Gray has announced the upcoming release of a new album, Mutineers. The record is Gray’s tenth studio album and his first in four years. To mark the news, Gray has unveiled the video for ‘Gulls’, the first track from Mutineers to be streamed ahead of release. To coincide with Mutineers, Gray will tour the UK for the first time in three years. The headline tour, commencing at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on June 23 will include a show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 24. The dates follow a run of sold-out US shows across April and May and three sold-out intimate shows earlier this year at Westminster’s Emmanuel Centre. Additional US tour dates will be announced in May.

Recorded in Church Studios, London and produced by Andy Barlow (Lamb), whose brief was to not let Gray “make the same record I’ve made before.” The result is an album that seems to fizz with the joy of its own assembly and finds Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “I know I’ve done something here that has an authority that is inspiring me and I don’t have to worry about my past or any of that. The lovely thing about this is we’ve had the time to experiment, and it’s been wonderful,” says Gray.

David Gray captured the world’s attention with his breakout multi-platinum hit White Ladder, the first of three No.1 UK albums, earning him both Brit and Grammy nominations. He has continued to build on this success, with recent albums Draw The Line (2009) and Foundling (2010), both reaching the Billboard Top 10 in the US.

David Gray is one of those artists that when you listen to the music, it is soothing, but then you hear the lyrics and your heart can break. Music can mean something different to each of us. White Ladder was his last album that spoke to me. Maybe you were like me, when you jumped into your car for long roadtrips (because folks, I live in Texas, NO road trip is less than 3 hours) you would pop in the the CD and get lost in your thoughts on those country roads. To be able to listen to Mutineers, I was excited. Hopeful that this music would be different, but very much his. It just so happened that as I listened to this album, I was cooking dinner for my family, I was sitting in traffic driving, I was working on spreadsheets, and I was also looking at beautiful images of one of my favorite photographers, Jonas Peterson. Gray’s music literally takes my mind places. It pulls at my heartstrings. It makes me feel hope. It makes me feel melancholy. It makes me smile because I’ve lived and experienced beauty and defeat. There is great power in vulnerability and seeing someone’s raw and unfiltered emotion put to music, well, it has a tendency to set my heart on fire. If you like good music, then pre-order the album on iTunes or Amazon here:  iTunes- Amazon-

I can’t pick a favorite. I just know that if you have to get your thoughts together and put them onto paper, then listen to this and be inspired. Or at least it inspired me.

Mutineers Track Listing:
Back in the World
As the Crow Flies
Beautiful Agony
Last Summer
Snow in Vegas
Cake and Eat It
Birds of the High Arctic
The Incredible
Girl Like You
Nearly Midnight (bonus track)


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