EMISSARIES OF DELUSIONAL OPTIMISM
released May 5, 2020
Produced by C I V I C G R A C E.
Mix & Mastering Ulysse Zangs
Cover artwork Massimiliano Rossetto
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The notion of letting go….
“living in such a rush - even when alone together - we had merely shouted at each other from two parallel, racing express trains.” Christopher Isherwood 1939.
In this monumental moment of shifts and forced stillness, an opportunity arises. To let something die in order to be reborn. To travel deep within to reach out, where the limits are none but only the ones we believe in.
A necessary aura of desolation has been created in a world that creates epiphanies of grandeur through the scope it offers for heroic aloneness and apartness. This is an invitation to take a moment. To fall deep into our universe so we may bask in the simple sublimity of the here and now.
As our ears gaze into the distance, they are not looking for anything in particular. On the contrary, they are looking for everything, everywhere that may be felt. Still being something other.
Precisely being, still.
And then when we return, may we have the courage not to return to our old world ways once more.
Let it all turn to smoke.
"Thank you CIVIC GRACE for this great soundtrack for the day. Uplifting and calming at the same time — like coffee and cigarettes … somewhere between Clint Mansell and Andy Stott. I just want to listen to it again and again." ★★★★★
"A sedulous and arresting meditation."
Ran Barnea, Resident Advisor.
as it happens
released March 23, 2020
Produced by C I V I C G R A C E
Mix & Mastering Steph Lefrancois
Cover artwork Ashley Alexandra Wright
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The album title of as it happens sets the tone for the auditory ephemeron that is this stream-of-consciousness, gentle purge of ambient grooves, minimal beats, spoken word samples and poetic piano lines.
This debut is defined by the momentum of impermanence, and the collage of life as observed by a thinking, living and breathing artist: moments of introspective inhales oscillate with cathartic exhalation; the ruminations of Maya Angelou and Patti Smith punctuated by the channeled abandon of deep driving beats. Distilled piano reminiscent of the new classical masters are the quietly guiding force in tracks like a splendour only partially imagined, tinged with a haunting ethereality, then, as though we are soundtracking a day teeming with thoughts, encounters and the new, we instinctively transit into rolling broken beats in mya, with the album culminating in the bare intimacy of where you are now (in the artist’s words: ‘me playing the piano and humming along on one lonely winter night in Berlin’).
The artist CIVIC GRACE is in a transient and meditative state of mind, and just as Smith declares in the most absolute disappearance - ‘I’m definitely into the future’ - so are we, drawn into Grace’s beautiful stream and flowing into what is now, and yet to be.
- Juliet Burnett, April 2020