by Thomas Bedward September 01, 2021
Last month, the brilliant Gal Musette surfaced on our radar with ‘Ghost’, a sensational single that was rooted in tragedy and carried her listeners through the struggle of being in love with two people at the same time. It was a breathtaking introduction, and it paved the way perfectly for her latest seminal single, ‘Julia’.
A gorgeous new release inspired by adolescent loneliness and fear, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trust issues and the struggle of mental health, ‘Julia’ is built on tender vocals, a warm delicate melody, and lush piano chords that are simply unforgettable. Representing “the imaginary friend that we find in ourself when we can't trust anyone,” it’s a touching new release from the traditionally whimsical indie-pop prodigy.
Gal Musette is the nom de plum of Grace Freeman, a musical prodigy who began writing piano-based lyrical compositions and performing at open mics in her home city of San Clemente, CA at the age of 10. Her graceful approach to melody-driven indie-folk and French chansons has captured audiences all over Southern California. At age 14, 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 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.
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.
Gal has recently collaborated with the likes of Rufus Wainwright and has toured with The Magnetic Fields, Donavon Frankenreiter, among others. ‘Julia’ is off of her forthcoming full-length ‘Backwards Lullaby’. She has received acclaim from the likes of Earmilk, Cool Hunting, Atwood Magazine, and Buzzbands among others.
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