David Gray "Foundling"
The stunning new effort by internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter David Gray -- begins with those evocative and somewhat mysterious words. What follows is an extraordinary song cycle of rare and timeless power that bears a rather fitting title. As people today may or may not remember, the word âfoundlingâ is defined as âan infant found after its unknown parents have abandoned it.â And as Gray puts it with a warm laugh, âFoundling sort of arrived at my door without my asking it to, so it felt very appropriate for this album.â In a sense, Foundling also marks another notable arrival -- the second coming of David Grayâs own second coming -- and one that truly âsprung like a wild orchidâ in its own right. By 2005, Gray had already enjoyed what has been a rather distinguished career as a singer-songwriter and recording artist, having sold more than 12 million albums, including his global left-field smash, 1998âs White Ladder, which remains the single best selling album in Irish history. Gray had by this point already won two Ivor Novello Awards, a Q award, two Brit nominations and a GRAMMY nomination. But not a man or artist content to ever rest on his laurels, Gray decided that the time has come to shake things up in a significant way. So in 2006, David Gray decided to disband his longtime backing group, and to attempt to reconnect with his music before recording his excellent 2009 album Draw The Line with a new group of players at his studio The Church. âDraw the Line was essentially about the band, and four people playing together in a room,â says Gray. âBut you canât just keep going for unlimited takes. So on days when I felt everyone was getting a bit worn down and frayed at the edges -- and that it might be good to give everyone a little space -- Iâd go into the studio on my own or maybe with one other person. Iâd either work on tracks we already recorded or try to record other songs with just me on piano or guitar. Thatâs a lot of what eventually became Foundling. In essence, foundling became an alternate musical universe to Draw The Line. As Gray puts it,â Foundling was an album done in slices of time in between band recording sessions. Eventually, I had the thought of recording and then mixing two separate albums during the same time period, so I then went back and took a closer look at the tracks and recorded a few overdubs and attempted to add a few finishing touches so that they sounded more complete. Thatâs how Foundling became like a tapestry that I hung on the other side of The Church. And I kept walking over and making little marks on it, and before you knew it, what started off as a side project was holding my attention as well as the main work.â - Quoted from Amazon