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Grayson Gilmour

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Loose Change Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  2   Chromosomes Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  3   I Am The Light! Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  4   Fire Downstairs Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  5   Our Heads Collide Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  6   Pearly Whites Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  7   All Authenticity Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  8   Circa Skeleton 31 Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  9   Gem Apple John Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  10   Diamond Gutters, Mermaid Sewers Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample
  11   Oh, Stasis Grayson Gilmour MP3 sample

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The news that Flying Nun founder Roger Shepherd was reclaiming the label he started in 1981 was an exciting proposition for a lot of music fans around the world. With a wealth of back-catalogue releases long out of print, it would have been very easy for Shepherd to rest on his laurels and run the label as a nostalgia trip for all the hungry music nerds out there. Instead, he was quick to announce that this wasn't his intention, and he was determined to have some new talent amongst the label's legendary roster. Enter the first signing to the new Flying Nun - Grayson Gilmour.
Known to most as the frontman of Wellington's spazz-synth outfit So So Modern, but has been quietly and prolifically releasing solo material since 2005. His 2007 independent longplayer 'You Sleep, We Creep' was a Smoke favourite, so we're very excited to see him on Flying Nun now, hopefully getting the recognition his solo work deserves!
Gilmour's songs are mostly piano-based. Lush in arrangement and often complex-sounding in structure; at the heart of all his songs is a deft pop touch, which keep them sticking around in your head for some time after. Prog-pop if you will?
Listening to 'No Constellations', one can hear the influence of Elliott Smith (in particular, the double-tracked vocal and phrasing) and the jazz-pop of Chicago's The Sea & Cake. There's perhaps even a hint of Flying Nun's other classically-trained alumni, Graeme Downes (The Verlaines) in the mix too. Other reviews have thrown around the likes of Thom Yorke and Sufjan Stevens and while I definitely think fans of those artists will love this record, Gilmour's music goes a little bit deeper than that.
Highlights for us include the single 'Chromosomes' and the hauntingly beautiful closer 'Oh, Stasis'. Oh, and did we mention he plays most of the instruments himself?? An extraordinary local talent. Recommended.

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Artist: Grayson Gilmour
Album: No Constellation
Cat #: fncd506
Date: 10/05/2010
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: Flying Nun
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Genres: Alt/Indie/Punk , New Zealand , Pop
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