Grace McLean – “Albertine”


Serene, piano-laden vocals build into an enthralling orchestral pop passion on “Albertine,” a powerful single from NYC-based artist Grace McLean. The track represents the third single from McLean’s upcoming debut album, My Lovely Enemy, out on May 10th. The dynamic tonal evolution, from delicate balladry into riveting string-forward expanse, is a showcase of McLean’s songwriting talents — showing a knack for captivating structural evolution and satiating melodic swells.

The title-touting sequence sends chills with its ghostly vocal layers, ascending with quivering emotion into the mid-point as strings subtly weave in underneath. “I hold your face, caress your neck,” the vocals let out as the strings intensify; the descriptive imagery of intimacy adds to the prevalent momentum, culminating in sweeping string arrangements and soaring vocal grandiosity as this gripping success from Grace McLean comes to a satisfying close. We’re firmly anticipating the release of My Lovely Enemy, for certain.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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