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Pseudo-Rotary

by Gregory Douglass

Evocative Pop
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. I Wanted To Run
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2. Wall To Wall
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3. The Ride
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4. Can't Stand Up
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5. Rise
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6. Wait For Me
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7. Everything
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8. Usual Denials
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9. Hush
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10. Quiet In The Shade
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11. Rotunda
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12. Stranger
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13. Gone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
" . . . Gregory Douglass possesses the voice of an angel -
an angel in league with a devil, who conspires to seduce you with beauty."
-Pamela Polston, "Seven Days"

Gregory Douglass' is an undeniable, pure talent. At the mere age of 24, the established musical virtuoso already has 4 critically acclaimed, independent CDs under his belt, displaying the songwriting skills of an "old soul" and "the voice of an angel" (Seven Days). Since Gregory's 2001 release, Teeter, his career has skyrocketed with increasing interest from the music industry, while his independent efforts and passionate performances have produced legions of unique fans, a dedicated team, and the foundations for long term success. With his fifth and newest album, Stark, Douglass pays homage to his roots.

Douglass' evocative amalgamation of contemporary folk, pop, and rock have been compared to Tori Amos, Jeff Buckley, Patty Griffin & Peter Gabriel, while he has been equally impacted by his love for underground female singer/songwriters. His intense, high-energy performances as both a solo acoustic artist or with his full band are consistently solid. Most recently, his accolades include being a Finalist for the 2005 International Songwriting Competition and the 2004 Independent Music Awards. He was also the winner of the 2003 GrammyFest in New York City, as well as the inaugural performer on the American Red Cross 2003 "Save A Life Tour." Douglass actively appears at listening rooms, clubs, festivals, and on campuses throughout the U.S., has toured with They Might Be Giants, and been co-billed with Tracy Chapman, Jason Mraz, and Norah Jones, among many others.

Douglass was born and raised in rural Vermont, winning local talent shows in his early teens. He taught himself to play the piano & guitar and began writing his own songs during junior high. He wrote and recorded the material for his first two albums If I Were A Man (1998) and Gregory Douglass (2000) while attending Brewster Academy, a college-prep boarding high school in New Hampshire. On graduation day, the schools' Headmaster presented him with a music award publicly announcing that Gregory was the first student he would ever encourage NOT to go to college, advice that convinced him to immediately pursue music full-time. In 2001, Gregory firmly established himself as a serious musical talent with the release of his third album, Teeter, building a diverse fan base in intimate listening room. A darker, more experimental album followed in 2004 with Pseudo-Rotary.

In August 2005, Douglass releases Stark. Inspired greatly by the parting of ways with loved ones, Gregory used significant life events that unfolded around him to create his most personal collection of songs to date. This is no more apparent than in the symphonic waltz, "Where Did The Music Go?" In this song, Douglass bravely confesses, "it always comes down to yourself in the end / always." Other songs like "Crazy Love" reach out for a greater universal hope pleading "come on crazy love / they say that you come in disguise from above / now I feel you coming in close / if you think I'm crazy then come on." Stark features guest performances from 2005 Grammy Award Winning Guitarist, Will Ackerman (Founder of Windham Hill Records) and Cellist, Martha Colby of The October Project. "It was an honorable experience collaborating with such incredible musicians and friends on this record," says Douglass. Stark is intimate, raw, and charters both familiar and new terrain for the prolific artist. Without much more than his piano, guitar and voice, Douglass' Stark boasts lingering melodies & lyrics and travels through poignant, haunting soundscapes.

"As a full-time independent artist, it is important to come up with new ways to remind people your still there," Douglass proclaims. With five years of personal experience, Douglass has mastered the art of grassroots promotion with the help of his fan base. Both Pseudo-Rotary and Stark were financed almost entirely by the support of his fans pre-ordering records and contributing donations directly through his website. House Concerts hosted by fans make up a large portion of his national touring; "nothing has more of a profound affect on people than performing in their very own living room," says Douglass. He is touring extensively in support of the new record, and quickly gaining national attention.

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Masami

It will be a young man creating what awesome music! ! !
It is the mixed impressive music that guitar work and a keyboard sound are moderate. The excellent album which is this state cannot readily met album.I decide to buy all his albums.Thanks Gregory Submitted from JAPAN
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Rick Flamand


This was my first Gregory CD, I love I wanted to Run !! I saw him for the first time on Logo TV. Love the whole CD. Can't wait to get the next one.
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Kevin R.

Amazing
This is the first Gregory Douglass CD I've purchased, after reading about him in Instinct magazine. A couple of the tracks toward the end sound a little over-produced, but overall it's great. "Wait For Me" is just awesome.
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Elizabeth Carlisle

I love the music i listen to it all the time.
I think that the music is great it lets you expand your mind in different ways that you never thought you could.
The music is very clear you can understand what people are trying to get out to you.
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Chris

Outstanding!
This CD is incredible. It's a little darker than his previous ones. I didn't think any album could top Teeter but after a couple listens, this one comes close. This is definitely a must-buy!
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Vicky in VT

gregory is a wonderful man with an amazing voice and style. i always look forwa
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Ben

A new thing
This CD suprised me. It's a big change of pace for Gregory Douglass. A touch darker and much more experimental. Douglass plays with different sounds and comes across as very daring, yet the vocals still scream Gregory Douglass. A few songs have a more classic Gregory Douglass feel ("I wanted to run" for example) but I like all of the tracks. While I would reccomend anyone new to Gregory's music to buy Teeter first, this album is great. It did take a few listens to get used to, but the album shows the maturity and confidence that allow a musical artist to really explore his or her potential. It worked out very well. Gregory came do a show at Bates College and we were blown away. Some of the songs off of this albums were the primary ones that stuck with me after the show. This is an incredible CD.
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Travis Mueller

Would buy over and over again.
It\'s very rare that you discover an artist that you can trust within only an hour of listening to their music. I had snagged a copy of 2006\'s Up & Away from one of my favorite torrenting sites without any expectations. All I knew was the man\'s name from a Wikipedia listing. It was only gonna cost me a mere 100MB to give it a shot. Not exactly \"breaking bank.\" I turned the album up and got ready to be disappointed by yet another independant gay artist. I was waiting for the pretentiously bad lyrics and hack-neyed production, but I never got it. Instead, I was treating to songs that were bare-- some light, some heavy. All enjoyable. I really couldn\'t turn the record off.

The next two hours were spent searching the internet for any information I could find. Lyrics, pictures, tour dates, other albums, reviews, etc. Then I stumble across the many ways in which I could get more. Because Mr. Douglass\'s music is so obscure, it\'s not exactly to pirate. I was lucky enough to find Up & Away. But, before I even looked for his albums in the seediest of internet places, I was looking at CDBaby, a site that I first heard of during my Tiffany phase. There I discovered a good five or six other releases. After sifting through reviews, I learned that Up & Away was seen as more of a sister record with earlier records Stark and Pseudo-Rotary. I decided to put my entire faith into how much I loved U&A and ordered the latter. As I had never heard a track from either Stark OR Pseudo-Rotary, I just went with song titles that caught my eye. Plus it just has such a cool album cover.

So, I get the album a week later. I rip it as any Audiophile would (EAC in V0/VBR with Lame 3.98, for all you digital music geeks). And I pop it on my Zune while on route to get some take out. I was shocked within the first nano second of this record. I had nevr heard any of his older material, and I had no idea that he also dabbled in other terrorities. Up & Away was a strict piano record, very rich (almost to the point of decadent), which usually irks me. Pseudo-Rotary, however, mixes the piano with bongo drums, syntheziers, variations of guitar, and experimentations in vocal effects. The blend makes for a stunning record.

The first song I remember have to listen to twice in a row was the amazing \"Rise.\" Dripping in a later-Peter Gabriel sound, this song particularly made my ears smile. It\'s a consistant and spacy song, also reminiscent of Björk\'s Homogenic era. Other highlights include the amazing \"Wall to Wall,\" \"I Wanted to Run,\" and \"Hush.\" I must say that I was nervous in playing this record. It had to live up to the expectations that U&A set. And that bar was set pretty high. I find myself actually listening to Pseudo-Rotary more than Up & Away at this point. The great thing about this record is that it has so much amazing atmosphere while still being a very easy record to listen to. \"I Wanted to Run\" is the most commercial song on the record. Fans of Springsteen could definitely find a comfortable chord or two in this song. The great thing about Douglass\'s music is that even though a song is more marketable, it doesn\'t lose any merit. Both his complex tracks and his simplistic tracks are just as respectable.

I\'ve also got to give Mr. Douglass credit for actually using male pronouns in his music, rather than completely avoiding the idea of homosexual like oh so many out musicians

Standouts: I Wanted to Run, Wall to Wall, Usual Denials, Hush, Rise

Fans of Keane, Snow Patrol, Stars, Kate Bush and Bruce Springsteen should definitely check this record out. I don\'t really get the musical comparison to Rufus Wainwright, but fans of his work would probably love Up & Away (all piano.)
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Barry

My 3rd Gregory album and I'm still loving it.
I saw the video for I Wanted to Run and couldn't wait to get the CD. The songs Quiet in the Shade and Gone gave me chills when I first heard them. I can't seem to put this CD down for long and I'm so glad I can get another taste of Gregory's voice, lyrics and music.
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Ann

A "must hear" album. Outstanding!
The songs speak to anyone--any age. Lyrical melodies with driving rhythms. Each song different from the previous one. Douglass' still emotes like an old soul. How does a 23-year-old write like this? Great production of each song.
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