With the release of his debut single “Last Words,” the London-born and-based, 23 year-old, singer/songwriter Issac Gracie quickly established himself as one of Britain’s best, up-and-coming artists. His most recently released EP revealed a young artist and young man, who reportedly was in flux — and much like most 20 somethings, was in the midst of working out who exactly he is, what he wanted and what exactly he was doing. But with “Terrified,” the EP’s follow-up single, Gracie builds upon a growing profile with a self-assured yet deeply personal and honest song that finds the up-and-coming singer/songwriter expanding upon the sound that first caught attention — in this case with lush backing instrumentation and the sort of soaring and anthemic hooks reminiscent of Snow Patrol and Jeff Buckley. And yet underneath the song’s self-assuredness is a narrator, who recognizes that though he has changed and has grown up in some way, that he doesn’t have any answers and that things may not ever be quite okay; but admittedly vulnerability and weaknesses, which we all have, can be a source of strength, while putting us closer to those things we want and need.
Gracie is currently putting the finishing touches on his full-length debut, which is slated for a Spring 2018 release through Virgin EMI Records, and you should expect a bevy of live dates to support the album soon. But before that, the recently released video follows the young, up-and-coming singer/songwriter as he’s walking down the hall of a hotel/apartment building, where he passes through a scene of indescribable horror — but the video slowly pulls out to reveal that everyone is an actor in a horror film. It’s a gorgeously shot, highly symbolic and surrealistic dream.