Good albums can be housed in so-so cover art. Take Blue, the latest offering from Her Vanished Grace, a New York quartet with a big back catalog, who have been flying under the radar longer than they care to remember. Their dreamy richly textured pop songs were recorded and produced by guitarist Charles Nieland, a man who knows his job after handling assignments for Deborah Harry and Rufus Wainwright as one half of the Super Buddha production team.
Blue builds upon late eighties UK New Wave, with a more emphaisis on the rhythm section. Nance Nieland vocals are draped like cozy blanket over the music - her husband Charles sounds a bit rough, which makes for a nice change of pace. Think The Breeders meet Gladshot. Blue is an after party album for the incrowd.
Her Vanished Grace:
Nance Nieland: guitar, vocals
Charles Nieland: guitar, vocals
Maria Theodosiadou: bass
Billy Loose: drums
- Slip Away
- Outside In
- I Do
- 06/21 Make Music New York Festival, Brooklyn, NY