Gray Acres is a new project from brothers Andrew & Michael Tasselmyer set to launch next month with the release of their self-titled debut album on Athens-based boutique label Sound in Silence. The sound fits neatly and distinctly somewhere in between Andrew’s solitary field recording work and the more opaque and densely layered drones they create with guitarist Steven Kemner as Hotel Neon. The watchword here is ‘stillness’ as the duo weave a diaphanous fabric of drones that undulate and swirl in translucent currents. There is a muted self-awareness in these pieces which is amplified by the clear presence of textural elements such as piano, guitar, or flowing water. Inexorably, one is drawn deeper and deeper into peaceful introspection.
Listeners can get a taste of this new sound in this premiere of the gorgeous preview track called ‘The Maps They Held’. The album, mastered by Ian Hawgood, will be available in late February both digitally and in a limited run on CD. An additional 2 bonus tracks will be available as part of a deluxe edition only available from the label which will feature a more intricate hand-sewn CD package.