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hydrazine morning

by Gravity Engine

Indie Folk Rock "dancing the line between the jangly and the sonic, the warm and the edgy, the lush and the angular," ethereal melodies & thought-provoking lyrics; "draws the listener effortlessly into a pleasant commiseration with his melancholia."
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Million Places
4:40 $0.99
2. This Habit
5:09 $0.99
3. Poor Little Starstruck
4:39 $0.99
4. Dracula
4:57 $0.99
5. My Projection Tv
5:08 $0.99
6. [debt] What You Wanted
5:18 $0.99
7. Boats in the Bath
4:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Daydreaming is dangerous, but the images that fuel the compelling, but dream-like urgency of the songs of Gravity Engine, are a product of that elusive state between waking and sleeping. “Some of the best lyrics come to me at that moment right before I lose consciousness,” says Brad Wilcox, who is Gravity Engine. “Unfortunately, I don’t always revive long enough to write them down.” Fortunately for the listener, many of those lines were captured before sleep pulled him under. The music may be loosely called indie folk rock, but embodies much more. Influenced by the likes of the Pixies, The Replacements, Grant Lee Phillips, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley and Blur, the style is diverse, but well contained within the gravitational pull of Wilcox’s enthralling voice and lyrics.

Gravity Engine’s debut release has been compared to Radiohead in review and by fans. Written and recorded in Los Angeles, “hydrazine morning” is heavily immersed in the psyche of the city, but also infused with a deep longing to be elsewhere. An acoustic guitar forms the basis of the sound of this seven-track album and songs vary in structure from insistent rock choruses (“A Million Places”) to wistful haunting melodies (“My Projection TV”). Aptly named for a first album, hydrazine is a chemical compound used in rocket fuel and essential for lift-off.



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Brian Fernandez

Phenomenal album. Still in heavy rotation in my collection after a year.
I've had this CD for over a year now and its still in heavy rotation in my stereo and ipod. Its phenomenal work that deserves to be played to a mass audience. Its better then 99% of the stuff out there. Brad's voice is charismatic, unique and hipnotic. You'll be humming the memorable melodies in your head while pondering the meanings behind his poeticly cryptic lyrics. Highly recommended!


Please try it yourself
I love this album. I have heard so many times but not been board yet and I don't think I will be. I can't discribe how good it is so....you have to give it a try! Enjoy!! : )

CD Baby

Gravity Engine brings the intimacy and soft strokes of folk to the power and emotional invitation of rock, supported by the thick, lush foundation of electronics, although used sparingly. Comparing itself to the likes of Grant Lee Phillips and Jeff Buckley, the collective quality amounts to so much more than these references, dancing the line between the jangly and the sonic, the warm and the edgy, the lush and the angular. While most elements in these songs are well-blended and integrated, there is a slightly textured feeling, a slightly off-set mixing of ingredients making for highlighted shape, shadows and differentiation. Whether you hear all those subtleties or not, this is simply great sonic, folk-informed rock.

D. Todd

labels: take notice...
while the music industry is busy chasing bands that have one catchy track in a dozen, gravity engine is down in the shadows turning out honest, thought-provoking tracks that are brilliant at their best and great at their least. If I am forced to pick the brightest spots of this disc, I would have to nominate poor little starstruck, dracula & [debt] what you wanted. However, there really is not a bad track here. The sound bytes on this site don't do the music justice so pick up your own copy and judge for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

J. Sohn, The Audio Nut

Why isn’t Gravity Engine on mainstream radio or TV?
So, the question I have is...Why isn’t Gravity Engine on mainstream radio or TV? This CD is a very impressive piece of work that captures your imagination and soul from the first song “A Million Places” until the last song “Boats in the Bath”. Singer Brad Wilcox has a genuine voice that both captivates and haunts your audible senses, while the music allows you to flow along with the movements that are implanted into your sonic memory. Other top-notch songs include “Poor Little Starstruck”, “My Projection TV”, and “ Dracula”. You can hear a strong influence from bands and artists like Radiohead, Neil Young, The Wallflowers and The Abandoned Pools without ripping them off or imitating them. Check out this CD if you like any of the people I have just mentioned or ones that are similar.

Stan Emery, la.yourlocalscene.com

Get your Gravity Engine Now!
Infused with frustrated passion, Gravity Engine's debut release, Hydrazine Morning, is a meditative and introspective scrapbook that flows like a part of your subconscious. Its delicate melodies belie the emotionally-charged social commentary that drives the lyrics and each listening brings with it new revelations. Intentionally anti-pop, Brad Wilcox often dispenses with rhyming lyrics and still draws the listener effortlessly into a pleasant commiseration with his melancholia.

At its core, Hydrazine Morning is a scathing indictment of LA and the toll it has taken on Wilcox and the countless other seekers who have been pulled into its vortex. The city, like the carcinogenic rocket fuel the album takes its name from, has the awesome power to launch an individual to stardom, but an even greater potential to destroy. You feel the underlying depression but are forced to acknowledge Wilcox's determination and refusal to let it subdue him. He vows escape from the "Lethean faces" in the self-reflective This Habit and describes the hungry destruction of a star-crossed fame-seeker in Poor Little Starstruck.

The album's mesmerizing feel peaks with the hypnotic My Projection TV, a darkly pointed look at the material forces that drive our society and swallow up the individual—a recurring theme that resurfaces again in the ethereal simplicity of Boats in the Bath, in which we are assured that "still waters are pure, free from the poisons of art."

Sometimes the lyrics get lost in the measured timbre of the vocals, but don't give up on this one after one listen…it deserves a second, third and more, and each time it sinks in just a little bit deeper. Get yourself a Gravity Engine and let it bring you back to earth.