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G.S. Schray

Whispered Something Good

A1

The Unlit Center

A2

Calico Corners

A3

In Tears Twice A Page

A4

Another Haunted Mirror

B1

Daunted By The Frog

B2

Banana Country Stare

B3

Prelude For Probably

B4

Gone In Amber

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Release date: Jun 1, 2024, UK

New solo album of post-rock, ambient, jazz from Akron, Ohio-based Gabe Schray (Lemon Quartet, Aqueduct Ensemble). RIYL Jeff Parker, Jonny Nash, Talk Talk.


Circling guitar lines; the rise of fall of delicate bass; deep, breathy horns: sonic elements that exist in a state of slow, perpetual motion, like ideas sprouting from some kind of cognitive compost. With wonder and charm, G. S. Schray's new solo album, Whispered Something Good, evokes a realm of new growth while offering a fitting soundtrack for its exploration, as if tailor made for both the daydreamer and silly adventurer.


We start in the darkness of "Unlit Center" with elliptical phrases of jazz guitar. A conversation between double bass, synthesiser, and piano plays out on "In Tears Twice A Page" before we're ushered into the reflective zone of "Another Haunted Mirror." There is synth mist which trumpet cuts through decisively like a shaft of light from the sun: warm and clear. As the album proceeds, firmer rhythms coalesce. On "Prelude for Probably," clattering drums lock into a triumphant groove with horns. And then, to close, the instrumental art-pop of "Gone in Amber," probing not necessarily towards a final destination but another stop-off, one of distant birdsong and the faintest flicker of synth. Intimate and inviting, the act of listening to Whispered Something Good is akin to digging through an imagination. It's a place of subliminal melodies blooming into rhizomatic musical shapes, stray musings coalescing as bolts of inspiration — change fostering yet more change.