Filtered through a prism of forward-thinking artists as well as his own releases, Grace’s surreal blend of hazy VHS soul and footwork beats first attracted attention with 2016’s River, with his last single, ‘All Lost’
It’s certainly not the first time Australia’s heard from the Newcastle-born musician, whose deft touch extended across multiple releases last year. As a producer, arranger and music director, Grace’s unique magic could be found underpinning new material from Ngairre (‘Blastoma’) BUOY(‘Immersion + Break eps’), alongside fellow aural adventurer, Christopher Port.
Having trained as a classical and jazz pianist from an early age, Jack Grace has always embraced his ability to pull at the edges of sound, falling somewhere between the sonic wizardry of James Blake and challenge of bandleaders like Bill Evans.
“Jazz players really affected the attitude in which I approached songs, where the harmony never becomes stagnant,” he explains. “You almost have to sit forward for a second [to get it], to me, there’s so much beauty in that.”