In support of their debut album Crier, Grapell have released acoustic videos of two of the LP’s finest tracks, “Heartbreaker” and “No Longer Free.” The videos reveal the songs stripped-back, and inevitably, more emotional than ever.
“Heartbreaker” was premiered by Consequence of Sound who rave “Full of delicate, unabashed soul carried by rhythmic piano and covered in a coppery sheen that hits just before sundown. Simple sophistication comes to mind when describing their music…. It sounds like a song that could have been created at any point over the last 40 years making it timeless, yet refreshingly organic and nuanced in a time laptop producers get most of the attention.” My Old Kentucky describe their music writing “Simple sophistication comes to mind when describing their music and this track is no different. It sounds like song that could have been created at any point over the last 40 years making it timeless, yet refreshingly organic”.
The Swedish duo recently curated two playlists, providing context for their own music. The first was for Spotify, aptly titled “Ultimate Ballads.” The second was for Tidal, which the band introduced, saying “These are 10 perfect heartbreak songs. Heartbreak seems like a natural topic for us, considering the theme of our upcoming album, ‘Crier.’ Writing the perfect ballad is one of the hardest things to do, but the people who wrote these 10 songs did it. Because we’re from Sweden, it also felt like a requirement to include at least one song by Håkan Hellström – the Swedish master of heartbreak songs.”
With these swoon-worthy previews of the album and previous hits like internationally beloved “Arrow,” Grapell are contenders for the smoothest record of the year.