London-based artist Grace Gillespie had a stellar 2018, releasing her debut singles on independent label Kaleidoscope, whilst gaining praise and exposure from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and NME. Setting off on this strong footing, she now returns with her first new material for 2019, ‘Human (Heart).’ Set for release digitally on April 12th, and on limited edition vinyl as part of a James Morrison-curated compilation for Richer Unsigned, released on Record Store Day (April 13th).
Grace’s music combines influences from genres including folk, psych and dream-pop, and has gained comparisons to the likes of Bon Iver and Laura Marling. The single ‘Human (Heart)’ brings all these sounds and more to its fore. Grace mixes some breathy, Julia Jacklin-esque vocals alongside a tight rhythm section, the production clear and consistent throughout.
Her introspective lyrics dwell on how we both present and perceive ourselves through ever-prevalent online prisms, the key opening lyrics, “I’m only trying to tell you how I feel, I’m only human,” bring a sense of immediate clarity to the song’s purpose, and lets it build and develop upon those foundations. It chimes acutely with our contemporary collective anxieties, interestingly contrasted against a bright, summery backdrop. It’s a winning combination, heartfelt and accessible, a beautiful, bittersweet number, confidently marking Grace Gillespie out as a bright talent to watch out for throughout the coming year.
Gillespie’s debut EP is set for release later in 2019, and was part funded by the PRS for Music Foundation’s “Women Make Music” fund.
‘Human (Heart)’ is out now – available on iTunes here.