Last month, Isaac Gracie released his debut, self-titled album
It feels like a cathartic collection for Gracie – listening to the LP is, at times, like you’re reading directly from a page of Gracie’s diary, detailing his life, his relationships…everything. It’s not just a song, it’s, in many ways poetry.
“I probably spent 23 years writing the album and 2 years producing,” Gracie says on the album’s evolution over the years. “So…I guess it took a while.”
Listening to the album, you can hear a variety of influence – most of which Gracie actually names himself, from Buckley to Bowie – but apparently, nothing gave him any massive inspiration.
“Nothing inspired me directly,” he says. “But it does dabble in different looks – early Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Pavement. It just pertains to my experiences over the last 5 years, really, like a diary of sorts. I was very happy when it was released.”
The best bit about releasing his debut collection is that, also, Gracie, can finally fully tour his new material, an experience that he loves.
“Tour has been amazing, the crowds have been amazing and the support for the record has been really strong,” Gracie reveals. “Edinburgh was cool because the album came out that day so the vibe was really intimate and full of love. Nottingham surprised me by how many people were there. One of the funniest moments on tour was the momentary pause of the set in Edinburgh to have a brief discussion as to the merits of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.“
One of the most fascinating questions for any artist is what drives them and inspires them, you ask this question a lot, but you seem to get a different answer each time from each person to whom the question is put. And Isaac Gracie is no exception.
“Previously being in a choir informed my relation to music as being a serious and beautiful thing,” he says, “I’ve recently been listening to Car Seat Headrest, Father John Misty, Moses Sumney and I’ve just found Baxter Dury, he’s great.”
One more interesting thing about Isaac Gracie?
“I normally write songs in the bath.”
Lots of artists, we’ve found, react to their debut album being released in loads of different ways. Some like to get cracking on with the sequel as quick as possible so as to not lose momentum, whilst others seem to mourn the ending of that part of their lives, others just simply pause for a bit, sometimes your debut album is such a part of you, it can seem hard to move on.
“The songs are mostly there,” Gracie says to us, though. “I need to get back into the studio this year.”
But don’t worry if you haven’t had the chance to catch Isaac live yet, he’s playing a slew of festivals this summer before the work on his second album begins in earnest.
“I’ve got lots of festivals coming up – too Citadel, Rock Werchter, Best Kept Secret, Reading/Leeds and [Radio 1s] Big Weekend!”
Visit www.isaacgraciemusic.com for more.
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Words by Charlie Coleman