Lyricist/singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Laswell reveals another chapter in his musical and emotional journey with How The Day Sounds, a six song EP that is openly transitional from its spotlight on Laswell's elegantly expressive piano playing to the sense of healing and moving on that resonates throughout its course. How The Day Sounds will be released March 11th on Vanguard.
In 2006, Greg captivated listeners with his Vanguard debut, Through Toledo, an intimate account of a devastating experience in his life. With his intense lyrics, hypnotic-like vocals and sweeping melodies, it told a story of heartbreak, loss and longing. Through Toledo received critical acclaim and brought Greg comparisons to Radiohead, Beck, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, Ron Sexmith and Elliot Smith.
How The Day Sounds serves as a bridge between Through Toledo - it includes an expanded version of one album track and an outtake from the album sessions - and Laswell's next album, which will be released in summer of 2008. The songs on How The Day Sounds grasp the spirit of transition: "Days Go On," "Salvation Dear," "Embrace Me," with the title track representing the general character of this collection. "High & Low," one of Through Toledo's stellar tracks, makes an appearance with an expanded version including an orchestral backdrop. "What A Day," the final track (and Through Toledo outtake) sets a reflective tone.
As on Through Toledo, all songs on How The Day Sounds were written, recorded, produced and performed by GregLaswell at his home studio in San Diego, Dana Point and Santa Ana, CA. He has since relocated to Los Angeles and will embark on a tour in mid January. Some early dates have been announced (see below).
Greg has been featured on NPR, the iTunes "Indie Spotlight," Yahoo!'s "Who's Next" viewers choice program, and the video for "Sing, Theresa Says" (from Through Toledo) met with critical praise on mtvU. His music has also been featured on TV shows such as "Shark," "Without A Trace," "Smallville, "One Tree Hill" and MTV's "The Hills."
January tour dates with Ingrid Michaelson:
1/16 - Denver, CO - Bluebird
1/20 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
1/21 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge
1/23 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
1/24 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour
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3/13 - SxSW / Austin, TX - The Parrish