Gal Musette pines for Oliver while in the company of Rufus Wainwright on her romantically yearning new single — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
The latest preview of the indie-folk singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut album Backwards Lullaby, Oliver sways and swoons against an elegant, impeccably crafted backdrop of artfully arranged elements. Chiming keyboards, glowing strings, ethereal backup vocals, gently thumping percussion, crisp fingersnaps and even what sounds like a singing saw seamlessly and smoothly unite in Oliver‘s tastefully muted musical landscape — and serve to support Musette’s tenderhearted lyrics and angelic vocals as they dance an emotionaly evocative duet with Wainwright, one of her biggest musical inspirations. Gorgeous and lush and graceful and luxurious, it is nothing short of exquisitely beautiful — and exquisitely sad.
“To me,” Musette explains, “this song is about feeling alone in a crowd, feeling ignored by the one person you want attention from, and having the epiphany of what all these millions of love songs are about on this planet.” And there’s more where Oliver came from. Due in October, Backwards Lullaby is a work that explores the pangs of hopeless romances and unrequited love, what it’s like to move beyond idealized love into the acceptance of what is real and constant, as well as the cyclical nature of life and love in relationships.
Gal Musette is the nom de plum of Grace Freeman, a musical prodigy who began writing piano-based lyrical compositions and performing at open mics in her home city of San Clemente at the age of 10. Her graceful approach to melody-driven indie-folk and French chansons has captured audiences all over Southern California. At age 14, inspired by The Magnetic Fields’ triple album 69 Love Songs, Gal recorded her own collection titled 70 Love Songs, which caught the attention of the band, and won her an opening slot on a few of their Midwestern U.S. tour dates.
In more recent years, Gal has opened for several renowned artists such as Macy Gray, Suzanne Vega, Todd Snyder and Donavon Frankenreiter. While her artist name is taken from bal-musette, the accordion-based, waltz-style French instrumental music, Gal’s primary inspiration is drawn from songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, Bjork, Cocteau Twins, Burt Bacharach, Irving Berlin and The Cure.