Fall is the perfect season for Love. The auburn leaves falling in between cold mornings and moonlit nights. It’s a wonderful time to be living life. Everything about this time of the year scream romanticism…and our first spotlight for this Saturday is the type of record that really brightens your day.
It comes from buzzworthy NYC pop collective, Gramercy Arms. They dropped their sophomore LP — The Seasons Of Love — over the summer to great reviews. Pity I arrived late to the game. The musical package included in the 10-track effort offers a wide array of tastes. The collective presents a very old school classic indie rock vibe that reminds me of later day Beatles. As I sit here, lost in the swirls of guitar strings and harmonious vocals, you can’t help but feel the world revolving around you at a seamless pace.
Here’s a little background on the band & the record:
Gramercy Arms is a revolving New York based collective of musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole) along with Rainy Orteca, Sean Eden and Kevin March.
Expanding from the sunny, unapologetically pop approach of the debut, The Seasons of Love widens the musical palette as well as the range of collaboration by featuring Lloyd Cole and Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Kendall Meade (Sparklehorse), Claudia Gonson (Magnetic Fields), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Erin Moran (A Girl Called Eddy), Renee LoBue (Elk City), Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo) and others. The album was recorded by Dave Derby and Ray Ketchem, mixed by acclaimed engineer Thom Monahan and mastered by Eric Broyhill.
Eternally inspired by the artistic heyday of ’70s and ’80s-era New York City, Gramercy Arms makes crisp, multi-layered pop rock music that elicits authentic emotion. Wistful, joyous, contemplative, cool and triumphant— depending on the track you land on, The Seasons of Love might make you feel it all.
If you are in LA, go check them out at The Hotel Cafe tomorrow night! I’ll be there with my tiny camera. Can’t recommend The Seasons of Love enough! Enjoy! Perfect music for a Saturday.