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Dancing on your best friend's grave

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Nick Grey could sit back and wait for the positive reviews of his debut "Regal Daylight" to poor in. Instead, he has chosen to give an interview to German online mag "Musik an sich", explaining a bit of personal history and giving insight into his work. Nick openly admitted never having received a proper musical education (leaving aside a few piano lessons in his infancy), despite his father being a professional tenor. This explains the sound of "Regal Daylight" quite well, which uses the piano, but only carefully and delicately and which integrates operatic voices, but in a very subtle way - like memories in the back of your mind. Nick furthermore described his composition process as a "hit and miss"-affair at the computer. T

he album has received a positive media echo all around, but response has been best in "darker circles" - with Germany's Dark-music publication Orkus lifting it into its current reviewers' top 10. Faced with the question as to the nightly nature of his work, Grey denied any conscious intentions. Instead, he claimed to be influenced by surrealism and dadaism. The first can be traced back to the lyrics, which seem to tell regular stories, but immerse them in a dream-like, bright light. The latter can be found in the track "Look like Moses", which Grey interprets as a description of the pleasure of "dancing on your best friend's grave". Finally, he gave a quick overview of his influences: Peter Perrett, Lawrence Hayward, Tom Verlaine, Robert Wyatt and Nick Drake. Now, let's wait for the first artist to cite Nick Grey as an influence.

Source: Musik an sich
Homepage: Nick Grey
Homepage: Stateart

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