Aaron David Gleason


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Wry Observer

Release Date: Oct 27, 2017
Label: Independent


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Singer-songwriter Aaron David Gleason certainly isn’t afraid to think outside of the box. His approach to creating his music is nothing less than inspired --jazz-riddled rock with an occasional country tinge, it’s clear he has something of his own to say. Finally.

Aaron and his then-band All Hours released In Flagrante Delicto when he was 22. Offering a collage of pointed lyrics and song fragments that only touched the surface of his ability to create quality songs, it was one lesson among many that he needed to experience to arrive at the music he’s making now. Eventually the band and their label parted ways, and Aaron self-produced a self-titled album. While it gathered more attention, he hadn’t quite yet figured out the full story he wanted to tell — or if he even wanted to.

During a nine-year hiatus, he moved from Los Angeles to New York City. He embarked on an acting career – he comes from a family of actors – and started from scratch with music.

I come from a family of actors. We’re excellent at diving into other people’s souls and speaking for them. But I had to learn to speak for myself,” he says of that time. “It was new and awkward, and most importantly, vulnerable.”

During that time, he also worked to overcome a crippling combination of depression and the eye condition Lateral Nystagmus. Both kept him out of sight for close to six of the nine years, during which he wasn’t making any 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. Aaron approached producer and close friend Brad Lindsay with the idea for new music, who challenged Aaron to make a full record of material.

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.”

The album, Wry Observer, was recorded over four days at Nashville’s Sputnik Sound. The band includes Marshall Vore (Drums), Nick Bearden (Bass) Brad Lindsay (Guitar and Production), TJ Elias (Engineering). Filled with mystery and humor, and taking inspiration from the great soul singers of yesterday, the album offers insight on what Aaron has learned about life in the past 15 years – he’s finally arrived at a place where he’s able to write songs that tell his stories with his unique wit weaved in. The lessons he’s learned can be heard clearly through matured songwriting and a liberated vocal, along with experimentation with open tuning throughout the album. The songs on the collection dovetail into each other musically and thematically, beginning with “The Last To Die In Battle,” written about Richard III, England’s infamous 15th-century king. The album’s title track, “Wry Observer,” 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, albeit somewhat against the odds, after he moved from Los Angeles to New York. “Pops”offers a tribute to The Staple Singers and how their music 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.

“I feel like this album is me at my most honest.  Not hiding behind artifice or style,” he says.

And why would he need to? Wry Observer is finally, genuinely, him.  

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Press Clippings

for a funky time, please call… (Imperfect Fifth)

Love Bites: Best Duets Ever (Time Out New York)

An Interview With AARON DAVID GLEASON About His Newest Album ‘Wry Observer’! (All Access)

Wry Observer – Six Crucial Questions for Singer Aaron David Gleason (NewsWhistle)

Essential 8: Aaron David Gleason (The Daily Country)

Interview: Aaron David Gleason is one ‘Wry Observer’ (B-Sides & Badlands)

Aaron David Gleason on Authenticity and Breaking a 12-Year Hiatus (The All Scene Eye)

Premiere: Aaron David Gleason’s Somber “Brooklyn At Dawn” (Atwood Magazine)

VIDEO: Aaron David Gleason Premieres Brand New Video ‘The Last To Die In Battle’ (Broadway World)

Indie 5-0 Featuring Aaron David Gleason (Independent Artist Buzz)

Premiere: Aaron David Gleason Releases New Single, “The Last To Die In Battle” (Vents Magazine)


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