David Gray at the Cambridge Corn Exchange this weekend

PUBLISHED: 17:11 13 March 2019

David Gray has released a new album Gold In A Brass Age Picture: DEREK SANTINI

David Gray has released a new album Gold In A Brass Age Picture: DEREK SANTINI

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Singer song writer David Gray is coming to Cambridge this weekend as part of a UK tour celebrating his new album Gold In A Brass Age.

David Gray has released a new album Gold In A Brass Age Picture: DEREK SANTINIDavid Gray has released a new album Gold In A Brass Age Picture: DEREK SANTINI

The release is his first album of new material in four years and the 11th album release in a career spanning more than 25 years.

Produced by Ben DeVries, son of producer and sound track composer Marius, he says the work finds him in a renewed creative form.

Using a cut and paste approach to the arrangement of songs, the album’s atmospheric and experimental undertones are evident throughout, Gray says.

David Gray has released a new album Gold In A Brass Age Picture: DEREK SANTINIDavid Gray has released a new album Gold In A Brass Age Picture: DEREK SANTINI

The album’s title is drawn from Raymond Carver’s short story Blackbird Pie, and informed by the regenerative cut and thrust of Gray’s adopted home of London and a fascination with the natural world which has long since consumed his time outside of music.

Gray said: “With this album, my default position was to do everything differently. I didn’t think ‘this would be a good hook or ‘these lyrics could work for a chorus’. I was keen to get away from narrative.

“Instead of writing melodies, I looked for phrases with a natural cadence, so that the rhythm began with the words.

“I re-imagined where a song might spring from and what form it could take.”

Gold In A Brass Age is his 11th album and sees Gray’s unmistakable vocal hushed in many places to an intimate falsetto.

• David Gray is at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Saturday March 16.

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