The first time I wrote about newcomer and solo act, Gracie I described his For Summer EP as “a beautiful blend of organic and electronic, with slightly strained vocals, and funk stained beats that tickle the back of your neck with 90’s RnB nostalgia, is really just the tip of the iceberg for Andrew Balasia. So many things come together so perfectly on this EP, it almost feels like it’s wrong.
It’s music that is wise beyond it’s years and drowning in ingenuity. There is so much more to come from this effervescent young artist, that I’m already tripping over my own feet to be first in line to hear what he comes up with next. Lead me down the rabbit hole Gracie…”
And lead me down the rabbit hole he did. Gracie’s second release, Treehouse, this time on Small Plates Records, shows the progression of a young artist, emerging from the shadows and into the spotlight, showcasing his abilities as a producer, building intricate songs with so much complexity, it takes more than a few listens to understand how deep these they actually run. Harping on childhood fantasies, Treehouse takes you on an emotional deep dive that is sexy and sultry and dare I say jovial, all in an effort to draw you in and have you so caught up in the moment you forget where you are.
I wanted to note that this album is also an interesting juxtaposition between childhood nostalgia and young adult tribulations, the kind that occupy most of the hours of your day. If that was too subtle for you, I’m talking about sex. Innocence vs. corruption. You get the idea.
This will be Small Plates first 12” release, with the first 100 copies being pressed on gold vinyl, this is a special release that you’ll want to be a part of.
Order Gracie’s Treehouse EP from Small Plates Records HERE.