NYCs Gramercy Arms releases ‘Tricky Love Stuff’, second single from star-studded ‘Deleted Scene’ LP
“Gentle and perfectly arranged, it is both calming and genuine, straightforward and talented, giving space and voice everywhere that the song and its story requires. A hidden Americana-indiepop gem, Gramercy Arms show that music truly is a journey” ~ The Spill Magazine
“A slice of mature, soulful pop, gentle and refined, a swirl of gorgeous boy-girl harmonies, laced with elegant guitar lines and the perfect balance between a slightly nostalgic then and a now calling out for such astute, chart-friendly pop. A future classic” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“Melancholic yet radiant, emotively shadowed but joyfully rousing, Yesterday’s Girl swiftly and keenly had the body swinging and pleasure bubbling, its melodic jangle and rhythmic kneading just as magnetic” ~ Ringmaster Review
NYC indie pop-rock outfit Gramercy Arms presents ‘Tricky Love Stuff’, the second taste of their third album ‘Deleted Scenes’, which will be released via New Jersey-based Magic Door Record Label on March 3.
This song features contributions by the amazingly talented Claudia Chopek on violin, Peter Hess (The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Anti-Social Music) on saxophone and backing vocals by Reneé Lo Bue (Elk City, Flowers of America), Jessie Kilguss and Gary Burton (Dovedale). This star-studded album also involves members of Guided by Voices, Phillip Glass Ensemble, Nada Surf, Luna, Aeon Station, The Little River Band, Elk City, Lloyd Cole and the Negatives, The Dambuilders and Joan As Police Woman.
Gramercy Arms is a revolving collective, masterminded by Dave Derby (The Dambuilders, Lloyd Cole). Inspired by the artistic heyday of ‘70s and ‘80s-era New York City, they make addictive indie pop – exquisite hook-laden melodies filled with lyrics that will have you floating back in time, remembering your favorite mistake.
“‘Tricky Love Stuff’ is a happy-sad pop song about teenage high school romance mixed in with adolescent awkwardness and I guess is actually fairly autobiographical,” says Dave Derby.
Earlier, Gramercy Arms released ‘Yesterday’s Girl’, penned by Derby and music legend Lloyd Cole (with video by acclaimed visual artist Debora Francis) for Darlene Love. Artfully reimagined as a duet with Derby and Renée Lo Bue, they also released an acoustic version of this song, performed live at the Magic Door Recording Studio in Montclair, NJ.
Produced, recorded and mixed by Ray Ketchem (Guided By Voices, Luna, Elk City) at Magic Door Recording, this album was mastered by award-winning engineer Greg Calbi (John Lennon, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, Tom Petty, Todd Rundgren).
Lyrically driven and rich on vocal-harmony, interspersed with elements of 60s sunshine pop and folk-rock, ‘Deleted Scene’ follows previous albums ‘The Seasons of Love’ (2012) and ‘Gramercy Arms’ (2008).
Music and Lyrics by Dave DerbyProduced, Recorded & Mixed by Ray Ketchem at Magic Door Recording
Additional Recording by Lloyd Cole
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound
Publishing Passive-Aggressive BMI / Warner-Chappell
Dave Derby – vocals, guitar, bass guitar
Claudia Chopek – violin
Peter Hess – saxophone and backing vocals
Gary Burton – backing vocals
Renée Lo Bue – backing vocals
Jessie Kilguss – backing vocals
Artist photos by Max Skaff and Debora Francis
Cover artwork by Debora Francis and Ray Ketchem
‘Tricky Love Stuff’ video by Qian Wenyu
‘Yesterday’s Girl’ video by Debora Francis
Feb. 22 BOSTON – Midway Cafe (album release show)
Feb. TBD NEW YORK CITY (album release show)
FOR FANS OF:
Big Star, Aimee Mann, Lloyd Cole, Marshall Crenshaw, Go-Betweens, Prefab Sprout, Tom Petty, the National, Matthew Sweet, Elliot Smith, Wilco, Elvis Costello, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleetwood Mac, New Pornographers