A couple weeks back, London musician Isaac Gracie released his second full EP ‘Songs In Black And White’. When Gracie started turning heads late last year, his only press photo was an amateur live shot and much of the early buzz would originate from his hauntingly beautiful live shows. So it’s quite fitting that Gracie is sticking to that ethos by recording his new release in a live setting.
He shines brightest on ‘All In My Mind’, a well-crafted tale of the heartbreak (‘I’m so afraid of growing old, so don’t you go leaving me on my own’) in which his voice peaks at breathtaking levels, before turning it into a barely audible whisper. Asked why he opted for a live release, Gracie told NME “I wanted to keep things honest, and as close to my live show as possible. Some of my favourite albums like ‘Nirvana Unplugged’, Buckley at Sin é, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison have all been live records which must have encouraged the move in some respect too.”
Now, he’s currently on tour with the Mercury Prize-shortlisted Michael Kiwanuka, something which he’s obviously relishing. “Playing to larger crowds is always an exciting prospect, but the opportunity of being able to spend time with, learn from, and watch on a nightly basis a musician I’ve always held in such high esteem, is quite a special opportunity.”
Isaac Gracie will play:
Cork Cyprus Avenue (October 13)
Belfast Limelight (14)
Dublin Academy (15)
Cardiff Tramshed (17)
Exeter Phoenix (18)
Oxford Academy (19)
Birmingham Institute (21)
Manchester Ritz (22).