by Thomas Bedward August 07, 2021
A musical prodigy who began writing piano-based lyrical compositions and performing at open mics at the age of ten, Grace Freeman, better known by her musical moniker, Gal Musette, has just released her bold, ethereal new single, and it’s all we can think about.
Her graceful approach to melody-driven indie-folk and French chansons has captured audiences all over Southern California, but her journey into music started far earlier. At the age of fourteen, inspired by The Magnetic Fields’ triple album ‘69 Love Songs’, Gal recorded her own collection titled ‘70 Love Songs’, which caught the attention of the band and won her an opening slot on a few of their Midwestern U.S. tour dates. In more recent years, Gal has opened for several renowned artists such as Macy Gray, Suzanne Vega, Todd Snyder, and Donavon Frankenreiter.
While her artist’s name is taken from bal-musette, the accordion-based, waltz-style French instrumental music, Gal’s primary inspiration is drawn from songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, Bjork, Cocteau Twins, Burt Bacharach, Irving Berlin and The Cure.
Gal’s newest single, ‘Ghost’, is rooted in tragedy and carries her listeners through the struggle of being in love with two people at the same time. Heart-wrenching vocals and gentle piano fill this song with raw emotion, painting a vivid portrait of pain, passion, and longing - but also leaving much of the song’s meaning open to unique interpretation. Gal confides “there’s no one meaning to be understood from the lyrics - I would hope that each listener could take something a bit different from them. The ‘ghost’ could be seen as a metaphor for an imaginary friend that stuck around a little overdue- even when you’ve grown up and shouldn’t be clinging to those fantasies anymore.”
Indie-rock band Coma Culture is featured on the song and adds to a harmony full of ecstasy and emotion that makes it absolutely sensational. Tune in below on Spotify.
In October 2021, Gal will be releasing her debut album, ‘Backwards Lullaby’, featuring a vocal duet with one of her biggest musical inspirations, Rufus Wainwright. The upcoming album explores the pangs of hopeless romances and unrequited love, what it’s like to move beyond idealized love into the acceptance of what is real and constant, as well as the cyclical nature of life and love in relationships.
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