Gray Days is the (mostly) solo recording project of a rather mysterious Aussie singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who writes and records all the parts of his music — with the exception of drums and tricky lead guitar parts. He makes his music in his garage and then takes it to a friend’s studio, where that friend engineers and mixes the material.
The Aussie singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist released his full-length debut Drifting earlier this year. The album featured three single that I managed to write about over the course of the year:
- Going Nowhere,” an anthemic Brit Pop-inspired song that revealed a songwriter with a deliberate attention to craftsmanship and an uncanny knack for a big, catchy hook.
- “Transcend,” a dreamy 120 Minutes MTV-like track centered around shimmering and twangy guitars, a sinuous bass line, the Aussie artist’s plaintive delivery, a big hook and a wah wah pedaled solo, that sounded as though it were inspired by Starfish era The Church.
- “Limelight,” a song centered around layers of shimmering guitar jangle, mournful horns and a soaring hook that may be the most dream pop leaning of the Aussie artist’s catalog to date.
The JOVM mainstay closes out 2022 with “Chasing,” a standalone single and first bit of new material since the release of Drifting. Featuring strummed guitar, reverb-drenched, electric guitar jangle, a propulsive rhythm section paired with earnest, seemingly lived-in lyricism and rousingly anthemic hooks, “Chasing” continues a remarkable run of material inspired by Starsailor-like Brit Pop and Dishwalla-like alt rock.