Magic Door Records
Indie power-pop from New York, Gramercy Arms are a collective of like-minded and ferociously talented musicians. The song Yesterday’s Girl delves deeply into the feelings and emotions of losing love but gaining a friend. A taster of their Deleted Scene album, due on Magic Door in 23, Yesterday’s Girl warms the room and opens the mental landscape in preparation for the record. Originally written for a Darlene Love album, Gramercy Arms frontman Dave Derby put pen to paper alongside esteemed songwriter Lloyd Cole. Mixed and recorded by Ray Ketchem who’s worked with Luna, Guided By Voices, and Elk City, the engineering of the album was taken up by award-winner Greg Calbi whose worked with John Lennon, David Bowie, Tod Rundgren, Patti Smith, (eBay links) and many more. The whole album has made perfect use of an entire army of local skillsmiths who bring a diverse and astonishing array of styles and frills to the entire record.
Thumping bass and guitar hit the drums on cue as the music saunters into the first verse. Acoustic guitar chords thunder in time to the marching beat as we stroll at an easy pace through smooth and story-like lines. Male vocals change to female as a second part brings another dimension to the drama and flow. As the chorus brings a duet, the strumming speeds up and melodic electric guitars shine through like sunbeams on a cloudy day. We’re able to sit back and enjoy the light on our faces as the music dreams on with a universal relatability. Grown-up and yet full of innocent excitement, Yesterday’s Girl reminds us that life is sweet and if we’re lucky, it doesn’t go cold.
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