Rising US singer/songwriter Ethan Gruska’s deeply personal debut album ‘Slowmotionary’ will be released July 28th on Sire Records. Alongside the release Ethan will be playing his first ever UK show at The Slaughtered Lamb July 26th.
Produced by Tony Berg (Andrew Bird, Aimee Mann), championed by the infamous Lenny Waronker and written by Ethan Gruska, ‘Slowmotionary’ includes 12 songs mixed by Bob Clearmountain and mastered by Bob Ludwig. All 12 tracks on ‘Slowmotionary’ embrace a range of sounds and styles, with influences from jazz and folk to ambient and alternative.
Album highlights include the exquisitely understated ‘Rather Be’,the subtle arrangements of opener ‘The Valley’, the lush strings of ‘Reoccurring Dream’, and the gorgeous ‘Slow Film’. Blake Mills (Laura Marling, Alabama Shakes) and Shawn Everett (War On Drugs, Warpaint) have recently remixed ‘Me Who Wasn’t Trying’ which will be released in July.
In addition to Ethan on various instruments (piano, guitar and drums to name a few), the album features an array of talented musicians including the aforementioned Blake Mills on guitar, Rob Moose (Sufjan Stevens, Bon Iver) on strings and violin, Gabe Noel (Pete Yorn) on cello and bass and Ethan’s sister, Barbara Gruska (Jenny Lewis), on percussion.
“What I hope is that people can sense the vulnerability in the writing,” says Ethan of the album. “I didn’t want perfect. I wanted true. I wanted honest. I didn’t want to hide behind anything. That’s why it’s produced and arranged the way it is. It’s very barren at certain moments. These songs slow down time for me, which is why I called it Slowmotionary. I needed to put myself out there musically and lyrically.”