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Albums Of The Week: Shakey Graves | Movie Of The Week

The ever-evolving singer-songwriter does some musical channel-flipping.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In late 2018, some friends of mine were making a movie, and they asked if I would do the soundtrack for it,” recalls Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves. “I started recording music along to footage, but when I started to turn a lot of it in, I realized that the director and I did not see the movie in the same way. A lot of the music was turned away. But I made all this really cool stuff and felt really invigorated.”

When Rose-Garcia went into the studio with his band, he realized he didn’t have songs, but rather soundtrack ideas. “I sent them all a link to some of the soundtrack stuff. We came up with this way to record where we went through them like themes. I came up with the plot of an imaginary movie. And we started to treat it like a soundtrack to a movie. Movie Of The Week is definitely more on the lush side,” he continues. “I’m really excited about making this more like a project than an album.”

Photoby Alden Bonecutter.

Graves has undergone a myriad of personal and sonic evolutions since his inception in 2011. Beginning as a solo music project, to now being accompanied by a full band, Rose-Garcia depicted the journey in ways such as changing his album covers from black and white to color, mirroring the musical growth. With beginnings in the folk-rock space — even winning Best Emerging Artist at the Americana Music Awards — he went on to move away from much of the stripped-down, folk sound and began drawing on influences such as The Beatles, The Kinks, Elliot Smith, Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill and other ’90s indie-rock bands.

Through the years, Rose-Garcia has always found innovative ways to engage his fan base — burning CDs and putting them in personalized bags, building intricate scavenger hunts that sent fans around the city following trails of clues to find exclusive tapes, sharing Bandcamp-only releases in the age of the DSPs. He is intentional in everything he does and aims to create a unique experience and adventure for each fan.

With Movie of the Week, Rose-Garcia will continue to expand upon the idea of his fans controlling the destiny of the music in an even bigger way — stay tuned for more info to come.”