October 27, 2017
Aaron David Gleason Releasing ‘Wry Observer’
New album combines jazz-riddled rock with country tinges
NEW YORK — October 27, 2017 — In a way, singer-songwriter Aaron David Gleason has spent years creating his new album, Wry Observer, out today. The album marks the end of a hiatus for him, and expresses the lessons he’s learned about life and music during the twelve years since his last album.
Wry Observer finally says the things Gleason has needed to, offering insight into the life lessons he learned during a break from music. Filled with mystery and wit as well as matured songwriting, the songs on Wry Observer dovetail into each other musically and thematically. “The Last To Die In Battle,” written about England’s infamous 15th-century King Richard III, kicks off the album. The video, starring veteran actors Bill Weeden and Julia Campanelli, premiered with Broadway World. The album transitions into the title track, written about his wife and how she helped him heal. “Pops” offers a tribute to The Staple Singers, 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. Atwood Magazine premiered the track, saying it “feels much like the setting sun: Warm, contemplative and slow.”
Wry Observer was recorded over four days at Nashville’s Sputnik Sound with producer Brad Lindsay. Filled with Gleason’s unique writing style and sense of humor, the album offers observations he realized while on his journey to overcome 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.
Surrounded by music and entertainment for much of his life as the son of Tony Award-winning actress Joanna Gleason and the grandson of Let’s Make A Deal co-creator Monty Hall, Gleason released his first album when he was 22, and later self-produced a self-titled album. He eventually moved from Los Angeles to New York City, embarked on an acting career and now 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 – an album that is finally, genuinely, him.