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Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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UK act GRICE is the solo vehicle of vocalist, composer and instrumentalist Jim Peters. He has been the formative member of a number of bands over the years: Laugh like A Madman, The Burning Martyrs, The Martyrs, Swanston and Hungersleep. He has also composed music for television and documentary features.

2012 saw Peters expanding his musical biography with the solo project Grice, with the first album Propeller released in the spring. Following the album release Peters started assembling a live band with a planned tour to follow.

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One Thousand BirdsOne Thousand Birds
Hungersleep Records 2019
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Grey of Granite StoneGrey of Granite Stone
Freia Music 2018
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3.86 | 12 ratings
Propeller
2012
3.50 | 8 ratings
Alexandrine
2015
3.00 | 4 ratings
One Thousand Birds
2019

GRICE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
All Angeles
2018

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Patiently
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Highly Strung (Richard Barbieri Remix)
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live Sessions from Sound Gallery Studios
2013
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Grey of Granite Stone
2017

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 One Thousand Birds by GRICE album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.00 | 4 ratings

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One Thousand Birds
Grice Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

3 stars 'Grice' is a solo project from UK formed by multi-instrumentalist and composer Jim Peters who has been a member of several different bands and has also written soundtracks for TV programs and movies. Under the name of Grice, Jim has released 3 full length albums since 2012, including his third album 'One Thousand Birds' released in March of 2019.

There were many guests musicians recruited (including a string trio) to help out with this album, though Jim plays most of the instruments and provides most of the vocals. One of the guests is Richard Barbieri from Porcupine Tree and Japan, who provides the synths, provides some of the effects and programming on the title track 'one thousand birds (morning glory)', which starts off this album. Once a slow beat is established by electronic percussion, a lovely piano melody starts with some synth and storm and bird effects in the background. The music is peaceful and melodic. After the halfway point, the percussion effect stops and we're left with a cello and some atmospheric ambience that finishes off the instrumental track. 'Hardest to Reach' picks up the pace with a moderate rhythm, this time provided by drums (from Marco Maggiore who plays the drums throughout this album) and a nice flowing piano and guitars. Vocals start out early with a nice melodic theme. This mellow song is an expressive track at over 7 minutes. Halfway through, there is a spoken word passage in Greek provided by guest Maria Peters.

The music continues with this pleasant and mellow sound that has a soft and lush sound to it for the most part on this album. The vocals easily match the music, which is quite accessible, but with melodies that are a bit more complicated than your standard melody. The lyrics are pensive and at times romantic but also a bit uneasy. Most of the songs have vocals, but there a few that are instrumental also. Some have a degree of drama and a symphonic feel provided by keys and the excellent string arrangements as in 'She Burns'. The songs were written to help inspire introspection to the unconsoled, which explains the pensive attitude present in the music. Various other instruments help provide more depth to the music as does the French horn in 'The Passing' or the autoharp in 'Letterbomb'.

The pace picks up a bit more in 'Hungersleep' and the track is accented by a guitar solo and a bit more intensity. 'As I Am' builds from it's soft beginnings to generate more power with a fuzzy guitar solo in the 2nd half of the song. 'La Foresta Assente' brings in a bit more interest with a heavily percussive and atmospheric track, which I can't help but think would have created a better album if more songs took this direction instead of the more accessible direction that it takes. At over 9 minutes, the longest track on here is 'Comfort Zone' which creates some unease in the dark atmosphere that runs through the track. It later turns into a nice, twinkling track and is one of the highlights of the album. However, on 'Steam', he sings about being out of steam, and tracks like this one proves to be correct. There are too many mediocre tracks here..

For the most part, this album is quite laid back and mellow, and with several medium to long tracks here, some of the tracks drag quite a bit, since there isn't a lot of build up or changes throughout each track. There are some lovely passages and a few places where things do liven up a bit. There is also very little progressiveness to the album overall. In the end, you do get a pleasant listen that is quite accessible, and the small string ensemble gives a lot of depth to some tracks, but in the end, it is somewhat underwhelming.

 The Grey of Granite Stone by GRICE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2017
4.00 | 1 ratings

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The Grey of Granite Stone
Grice Crossover Prog

Review by Rissan

— First review of this album —
4 stars 1928/5000 The London-based art-rock musician, singer / songwriter and producer Grice Peters established his reputation in 2013 with the alt-pop album Propeller. Alexandrine followed in 2015. His urge for dramatic and emotive singing and passion for manipulating both analog and digital sounds creates a challenging cocktail of post-pop songs mixed with modernistic art-rock electronica vibes, expertly supported by passionate vocals that create a unique "musique concr'te".

Grice constructs art-rock songs that breathe introspection. By combining his chanson singer-openness and the feathered strength and vulnerability of his distinctive and resonating voice with a wide range of acoustic and electronic ingredients, he has been rewarded with acclaim in art-pop and progressive rock circles. This offers him the opportunity to cooperate under his conditions with, among others, B.J. Cole, Steven Jansen and Richard Barbieri, who contribute to the song Cry on The Gray Of Granite Stone.

It is not surprising that despite the small contribution from Jansen and Barbieri, Grice's music will be appreciated by lovers of Japan and others. Certainly the closing piece Glass S'ance, played on a glass harmonica, is reminiscent of a combination of Voices Raised In Welcome, Hands Hero In Prayer and Temple Of Dawn by Japan's Oil On Canvas. Opener Change My World seems to be developing as a singer / songwriter song, complete with Steve Hogarth's similar vocals.

In terms of acoustic instruments, Spirit Level is a bit like Crowded House, while Miss Your Love is strongly reminiscent of a modern version of a Cosby, Still & Nash song. But in all those songs the twist is always in the soundscapes in the background and the sweet-voiced vocals of Grice. It makes The Gray Of Granite Stone a surprising and sensational EP by a very talented artist.

 Propeller by GRICE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.86 | 12 ratings

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Propeller
Grice Crossover Prog

Review by dtguitarfan

4 stars GRICE is a vocalist, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who was born in London and is currently based in the southwest of England. He began as a drummer, and progressed to play electric and acoustic guitars, electric bass, keyboards, and experimenting with manipulating sounds. In his debut, GRICE has teamed with producer and arranger Lee Fletcher to bring what embodies, in my mind, a modern Beatle-esque Prog/Pop/Art Rock effort. GRICE blends together a rich landscape of instruments, with electronic, trumpet, strings, found sound (including birdsong) and fragments, pedal steel, and full vocal harmonies. The atmosphere is often relaxing, romantic, and dreamy, and quite lush. Propeller is a wonderful album for a quiet, rainy afternoon or a lovely fall day.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Originally written for www.seaoftranquility.org

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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