September 6, 2017
Aaron David Gleason to Release ‘Wry Observer’
New album combines jazz-riddled rock with country tinges
NEW YORK — September 6, 2017 — Singer-songwriter Aaron David Gleason isn’t afraid to think outside of the box. His approach to creating his music is nothing less than inspired — years in the making, his new album, Wry Observer, finally expresses exactly the things he’s needed to say. The 10-track collection will release on October 27.
Wry Observer was recorded over four days at Nashville’s Sputnik Sound with producer Brad Lindsay. Filled with mystery and humor, the album offers insight on what Aaron has learned about life in the past 15 years – after overcoming several obstacles both personally and professionally, he’s arrived at a place where his songs tell his stories the way he wants them to be told, with his unique wit weaved in.
“I feel like this album is me at my most honest,” Gleason said. “Not hiding behind artifice or style.”
During a nine-year hiatus from music, he moved from Los Angeles to New York City, embarked on an acting career and eventually started over from scratch with music. Now 38, with the aid of therapy and a new-found community of artist friends in New York and Nashville, he’s made another record – 12 years after his last.
“I suppose there’s a bit of a Rip Van Winkle thing going on here, but I certainly haven’t been asleep — hibernating, more like,” Gleason says of his break. “I came to the end of my chops. I couldn’t write another song without repeating myself.”
Offering matured songwriting, a liberated vocal and experimentation with open tuning, the songs on the album dovetail into each other musically and thematically. “The Last To Die In Battle,” written about England’s infamous 15th-century king, Richard III, flows into the title track, which represents many things for Aaron. He’s felt like an observer for much of his life — a journalist of sorts taking notes on the world around him — though the song is ultimately about his wife and how she helped him heal. “Pops” then offers a tribute to The Staple Singers and how their music also helped Aaron through tough times, along with fragments of his own relationship with his father. “Nueva York,” and its poetic take on New York’s persuasive powers are juxtaposed with “Brooklyn At Dawn,” an ode to the clarity and introspection that only exists in the wee hours of the morning.
Gleason released In Flagrante Delicto when he was 22 with his then-band All Hours, with a collage of pointed lyrics and song fragments that only touched the surface of his ability to create quality songs. The band and their label eventually parted ways, and Aaron later self-produced a self-titled album. Both were lessons that he needed to experience to arrive at the music he’s making now – and Wry Observer is finally, genuinely, him.