Brooklyn-based folk singer and poet Atoosa Grey composes a beautiful, orchestral experience with her latest single, “Storms”. Grey just returned to the music scene after a 10 year hiatus by announcing her newest project, an album titled Dear Darkness in 2020, and we could not be happier that she is back! “Storms” is a beautiful mix of classical strings, woodwinds, and piano that pairs perfectly with Grey’s powerful lyrics. She speaks of looking at the aftermath of a dark relationship by using the metaphor of the aftermath of a storm. The song beautifully encapsulated a sentiment she said about her music, which was, “In telling the truth, these songs gave me hope and freedom. The dark can transform, heal, and toughen us; and ultimately struggle can be a source of much richness in our lives”.
“Storms” takes a different approach to folk than most artists to by utilizing classical instruments instead of a guitar. Being a classical instrumentalist myself, I really appreciated hearing a string section and woodwinds being used, and knowing that she herself is a pianist makes me love her writing even more. The song has a serene feeling to it, like something bad has finally come to an end. It is a really beautiful sentiment that Grey delivers perfectly.
Outside of her music career, Atoosa is a published poet whose works have appeared in print and online journals, including Right Hand Pointing, The Best American Poetry Blog, and Dogwood Journal, among other outlets. Her first chapbook, Black Hollyhock, was released Fall 2015 on Finishing Line Press.
The album was co-produced by Atoosa and her husband, music industry veteran Noel Grey. Joining Atoosa and Noel in the studio is gifted engineer Sascha von Oertzen. The musicians featured on the album include longtime guitarist James Mastro (Ian Hunter Band, Mott The Hoople), bassist Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell, Ani DiFranco), percussionist Mathias Kunzli (Regina Spektor), cellist Dave Eggar (Esperanza Spalding,
“Storms” is the third single to be released from Dear Darkness after the title track of the album and the single “It Takes Time”. All of her new music is beautiful and pensive and we can’t wait to see what else she delivers this year.
From The Artist : “This song is about betrayal, and the betraying of oneself. It’s about the moment where we become someone we don’t recognize, and the lyrics give voice to this moment, instead of pushing it away. It’s also an opportunity to redefine who we are. There is no resolution in the end, as it’s one piece of the letter to darkness, which the whole album attempts to write.”
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