Title - This May Only Be A Dream
Artist - Gretchen Lieberum
For those unaware, Los Angeles artist/musician Gretchen Lieberum (co-founder of Prince tribute band Princess with actress Maya Rudolph) has already debuted via Rolling Stone the first video and song Come Rain Or Come Shine from her upcoming jazz standards album, This May Only Be A Dream, out now.
An accomplished musician, Lieberum has released four albums of original music, wrote and performed the ending credits song featured in the beloved Independent Spirit Award-winning film Mean Creek, and formed the aforementioned mega-popular Prince tribute band Princess with longtime college friend Maya Rudolph.
For many years, she had been wanting to create an album of jazz and pop standards that were deconstructed and reimagined in a more modern context.
Having worked with BAFTA-winning composer and musician Keefus Ciancia previously on her album Siren Songs, she knew that she wanted to work with him on this record. There was really no one else I wanted to do this project with besides Keefus, Lieberum states. His impeccable taste and astounding creativity were exactly what I wanted for this album.
1. Come Rain or Come Shine
2. Dont Explain
3. Lonely Sea
4. Who Knows Where the Time Goes
5. Blue Skies
6. Wild Is the Wind
7. Angel Eyes
8. For All We Know
9. My Darling, My Darling
10. While Were Young
Opening on the emotionally redefined, psychedelically halcyon-induced, atmospherically mystic vibe of Come Rain or Come Shine and the Bjork-esque Dont Explain, next up is the hauntingly ethereal Lonely Sea, then comes the ornate gossamer of Who Knows Where the Time Goes and the twinkling lullaby Blue Skies.
Lieberums hushed, airy, almost disembodied vocals come to the fore on Wild Is the Wind which is itself followed by the soft, lo-fi, almost vinyl-played-slowly-backwards ambiance-esque Angel Eyes, which is backed by the cinematically-infused For All We Know, with this quite unique, and breathtakingly raw, honest and heartfelt album rounding out on the acquiescently passive organ play of My Darling, My Darling, closing on the distantly-imbued piano piece, While Were Young.
Lieberum and Ciancia recorded the album amidst both of their demanding schedules. Ciancia was busy scoring Killing Eve (winning a BAFTA in the process), and True Detective with T-Bone Burnett.
Lieberum was playing sold-out shows with Princess, including a slot at the 2019 Bonnaroo Festival and gaining fame with their memorable appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
They worked on the project virtually until finally meeting up to finish it in Los Angeles at the historic Electro Vox Studios, where they brought in a variety of seasoned and like-minded session musicians such as Jay Bellerose, David Ralicke, Gabe Noel, Woody Jackson, Peter Smith, Gabe Witcher, and Wendy Melvoin of Princes band, The Revolution.
The lyrical stories within these classic songs are both hallowed and revered, written by some of the worlds greatest songwriters. In recording This May Only Be A Dream, Lieberum and Ciancia endeavored to honor these past greats, but also strove to reinvent them without any strict adherence to previous arrangements or standard rules.
The result is an album that is at once timely and timeless, appealing to longtime listeners while simultaneously opening a door for a whole new generation to discover great music anew.
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Gretchen Lieberum - Come Rain or Come Shine (Official Video)
Gretchen Lieberum - Dont Explain (Official Video)
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