LA-based singer-songwriter Gregory Ackerman’s upcoming EP Stresslove is made of “love songs meant for those who had fallen out of love.” As with his 2018 debut album And Friends, the EP was produced by Pierre de Reeder, the former bassist of Rilo Kiley and the engineer of recent recordings with bandmate Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, She & Him, and other notable songwriters. De Reeder adds some sonic hypnotic mysticism to Ackerman’s sunny 70’s-era California sunset melodies.
“The EP follows the arc of a failed relationship,” says Ackerman. “It’s like a sonic version of 19th century painter Thomas Cole’s series ‘The Course of Empire,’ but for the stages of love.” Hear advance singles “Dawg” and “We’ve Got A Runner” before the record’s release in October.
“Entitled Stresslove, the album marks a new stone overturned for the artist, as ‘Dawg’ would attest. Ackerman’s latest tune features crisp, rhythmic guitar tones around a subtly infectious vocal performance that each serve additional layer’s to a sardonic inclination.” –For Folk’s Sake
“’We’ve Got A Runner’ is a gentle tale of breakup, over highlighted, ethereal marimba, shakers and even handclaps in the mix. It’s a stirring percussive ensemble, over moving vocals and guitar, and an enticing harbinger of the upcoming EP.” –Americana Highways
RIYL: M. Ward, Jack Symes, The Eels, Damien Jurado, She & Him, Dawn Brothers, Kurt Vile
Label: Munich Records
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