GRACIE and RACHEL – ” Only A Child “

Posted: December 18, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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On first hearing the Gracie And Rachel song “Only a Child,” I was struck by the tension and the mystery, both musically and lyrically: “I’m moving my mouth but I don’t say a word/My ears are open but nothing is heard/I’m only a child, only a child.”

Gracie Coates, the primary singer and keyboard player, wrote and told me, “It was this notion of going in circles, trying to move forward but constantly feeling like I was right back where I’d started.” Along with Rachel Ruggles on a violin processed through various pedals, the two Berkeley California high school friends – now New York loft-mates – have made one of my favorite albums of 2017. Together with percussionist Richard Watts, a huge bass drum, and electronic drum pads, the group mixes classical training with pop hooks, and curiosity with uncertainty.

Gracie and Rachel are two high school friends from Berkeley, Calif. now making music as roommates in New York City. There’s a mix of classical and pop in their music, with Rachel Ruggles on her sonically-treated violin and Gracie Coates doing much of the lead singing and pop-leaning melodies on keyboards. And it’s that tension between styles that makes the songs on this album stand out.

The complex tunes they beautifully reproduced in this thrilling Tiny Desk performance are from the group’s debut, self-titled album released back in June of this year.

Set List

  • “Only A Child”
  • “Go”
  • “Don’t Know”

Musicians

Gracie Coates; Rachel Ruggles; Ricky Watts,

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