In an era where most records are produced digitally on software such as Logic or Pro Tools, it’s refreshing to hear a record such as ‘Dream Analog’ by Grace Gravity. I produce ambient music on Logic, and I use compression on my tracks. But sometimes, I find that if I use too much, it takes away the original warmth. But that’s beside the point.
Analogue recordings are brilliant because it keeps the ambience and warmth that was intended. ‘Dream Analog’ was recorded completely analog. I love how the album cover represents the peaceful tree, but the psychedelic colours create a big atmosphere.
Listening to it on big speakers, it’s a dream because it captures every instrument as it was intended, leaving a beautiful sound reminiscent of the late 60s. ‘Song of the Satelite’ tugs at the emotions because the vocals are achingly beautiful, working very well with the trumpet and the synths. I think there’s a lot of clarity in these instruments that make the first half of the record a peaceful listen. The stunning ‘Go Ahead and Shine’ demonstrates Teri Hilt’s beautiful vocals because they soar in the chorus and the build-up.
I find that Teri’s voice works better on the slower songs because here, the delivery is very emotional. On ‘Nothing to Break that Fall’, the way Teri controls the pitch is satisfying to listen to. The piano and the raw guitars create a relaxing atmosphere.
I think that Grace Gravity have created an ambitious record, but it captures the atmosphere extremely well. The vocals are on point, and every instrument has space to breathe. A great listen.
Words by Ermis Madikopoulos