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by Tumble

bluesy folk and soul-cutting vocals with moody guitar, driving bass and funky pop rhythms
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tumble
3:28 $0.99
2. Appleface Magnet
4:06 $0.99
3. Watering Mutes
4:37 $0.99
4. Not
3:39 $0.99
5. Sinking Down
6:04 $0.99
6. Gravity
5:09 $0.99
7. Soul Not Working
5:53 $0.99
8. Sucked In
7:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Singer, Stacy Wray & guitarist, Gus Austin are Tumble-an acoustic duo living in Los Angeles, transplanted from Seattle and originally from the East Coast. They quickly named themselves after one of their songs in the autumn of 1995, ten minutes before they debuted in Seattle at the Art Bar's infamous and now defunct open-mic.

Describing Tumble's music and pinpointing their influences are much like trying to identify the subtle ingredients in a rich sauce. Wray's voice skyrockets from low, sultry whispers to full-on diaphragm belting & then plummets to a velvety warble that shows this girl knows the definition of "dynamics." There's a little bit of Portishead, Tracey Chapman, Sarah McLachlan & Joni Mitchell going on, but not completely. And on the other hand, Austin plays guitar with a buttery groove and a sangria feel. Little hints of Spanish rhythm reveal themselves from time to time. There's some Marvin Gaye, Pat Metheny & David Gilmore going on here, but not completely either. The duo's individual styles ultimately meld together to complement each other the way five years of playing with one another will do-each bringing out the best in the other half.

Tumble released their debut electric album Gravity in 1997 on PepperAlley Records complete with bass, drums, zither & didjeridoo. Seattle's alternative music magazine, The Rocket, called Gravity "a haunting, plaintive blend of ethereal folk-pop injected with dreamy swirls of beauty."

Austin & Wray spent two years promoting their record playing shows in most of Seattle's top clubs, performing at the Bite of Seattle and the Northwest Folklife Festival. Tumble received radio airplay on Seattle's KMTT The Mountain and on college station 90.3 KCMU. In July 1999, Tumble was named "Artist of the Week" on www.musicbuilder.com where their song "Watering Mutes" remained in the Top 20 on the Alternative Charts for over three months.

Words and language are not an after thought for Tumble, but an integral ingredient in each of the duo's songs. Wray's insightful lyrics reflect the native Virginian's English & Creative Writing degree. Each song weaving a tightly spun story chocked with intense imagery, emotion & childhood memories as illustrated in "August Porch":
Happy New Year, may you scrub your face today with a stinging resolution to turn the page, watch the snowy-dressed branches melt away.

Tumble's melodies are collaborations between the two musicians. It is common for Austin to have a melody line in his head & never tell Wray, but then the singer unknowingly comes up with almost the exact same melody. Again, five years playing together cultivates this kind of chemistry.

In Los Angeles, you will find Tumble performing at the premier acoustic clubs in the city like Genghis Cohen and Highland Grounds in Hollywood. They even venture out of the city to play desert hot spots such as the Crossroads Coffeehouse in Joshua Tree, CA.



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The Rocket (seattle, Wa)

Ethereal folk-pop injected with dreamy swirls of beauty.
Gravity is a haunting, plaintive blend of ethereal folk-pop injected with dreamy swirls of beauty. This is a celestial and intelligent debut release from Seattle's Tumble. Vocalist Stacy Wray, a Charlottesville, Virginia transplant, has put her English degree to good use in the eight tracks on Gravity, each a tightly spun sonnet rich in depth of storytelling. Wray's soulful, velvety voice imbues each track with an innocent seduction that is indelible. Gus Austin, who handles guitar and various gadgets, and drummer Robert Schermerhorn provide steady, commanding accompaniment that transforms even the most obstinate rock tempo into a wholly
danceable one. Gravity is an impressive, graceful production that strikes at the listener as mysteriously as an embrace from a spectre.