Track of the Day: Charlie Gradon “Grieving” (2020)

Charlie Gradon

Northern Beaches multi-instrumentalist Charlie Gradon has dropped “Grieving”, his new single, and the first taste of his forthcoming sophomore EP, Blurry Ones. Created in his bedroom studio, the nostalgic track documents the bleak moments of a pretty bleak week. 

With a near death experience, an album lost, and a band broken up, it was far from the ideal week. But, despite all that, “Grieving” doesn’t revel in the maudlin and melancholy, but instead offers something far more hopeful and triumphant. 

“Grieving” ticks along nicely, before building towards an emotionally charged chorus. There’s a real understated warmth at play. And, Gradon’s charming vocals are perfectly complimented by the hazy and dreamy instrumental mix of guitars and percussion. It might be inspired by heartbreak, but it’s delivered in the most sumptuous fashion. 

When talking about the single and its chorus, Gradon said: “The final pre-chorus relates to a weird feeling of relief, of leaving and ‘walking home in bare feet’ not concerned with the future, but being hyper aware of a beautiful end to a heavy week.”

This new single and the forthcoming Blurry Ones EP, are both born out of a challenging period of change, uncertainty and excitement. Whilst Gradon has dug himself out of a tumultuous few years, he not been in a hurry in getting his new music out there. But, that could be about to change.

Blurry Ones follows the 2018 EP Self Doubt. That release caught the attention of Triple J and the like. Whilst his live shows helped garner him an intrigued and appreciate audience. And now 2020 brings with it a new EP and more shows. Gradon will be launching the single with shows in Sydney and Melbourne in April. 

“Grieving” is out now. Gradon will be launching the single at two shows in April (dates below). Until then you can keep up to date with Gradon via Facebook and Twitter.

Upcoming Tour Dates
April 3rd | The Vanguard, Sydney
April 10th | The Grace Darling, Melbourne

Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.

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