Gramercy Arms The Seasons of Love CD Album
by Dave Derby / Gramercy Arms and Gramercy Arms
Gramercy Arms is a revolving New York based collective of musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole) along with Rainy Orteca, Sean Eden and Kevin March.
Expanding from the sunny, unapologetically pop approach of the debut, The Seasons of Love widens the musical palette as well as the range of collaboration by featuring Lloyd Cole and Joan Wasser (Joan As Police Woman), Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses), Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), Kendall Meade (Sparklehorse), Claudia Gonson (Magnetic Fields), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Erin Moran (A Girl Called Eddy), Renee LoBue (Elk City), Kay Hanley (Letters To Cleo) and others. The album was recorded by Dave Derby and Ray Ketchem, mixed by acclaimed engineer Thom Monahan and mastered by Eric Broyhill.
Making the album was not a short process, the album was five years in the making as it took countless hours to schedule the recording sessions with the many contributors…it had to be just right. From the emotionally charged duet Beautiful Disguise where lead vocals are handled by Lloyd Cole and Joan Wasser, their vocal delivery suiting the track perfectly to the soundtrack for the summer single Always In Love backed with the chord laden and anthemic The Night Is Your only Friend, this is power pop of the highest order.
Eternally inspired by the artistic heyday of ‘70s and ‘80s-era New York City, Gramercy Arms makes crisp, multi-layered pop rock music that elicits authentic emotion. Wistful, joyous, contemplative, cool and triumphant— depending on the track you land on, The Seasons of Love might make you feel it all.
1. Always In Love
2. Beautiful Disguise (Lloyd Cole w/ Joan Wasser)
4. The Night Is Your Only Friend
6. Playing With Fire
7. Yours Untruly
8. The Season of Love
9. Say The Word
The Seasons Of Love is one of those glittering, minor pop gems critics and fans will be “rediscovering” in a few years’ time
5/5 Album of the Week Sunday Express
Gorgeous song craft and sun-kissed vocals and laidback power pop – Oh, Gramercy – we’re in love!
The Seasons Of Love is Dave Derby’s testimony to the kind of clever rock and pop that prizes craft, structure and arrangement without sacrificing joy
Wall Street Journal
Packed full of great songs, memorable tunes with some stunning arrangements and with superb vocal and instrumental skills on offer, this is essential stuff, they really don’t come any better than this
Album of the Month Folk Radio UK
It’s impossible to fight the catchiness