Bronx-born singer-songwriter Gregg Robins has confirmed a free, downloadable album of demos, 'Snowing in April'. The digital release, available now via his website, http://greggrobins.com/, sees Robins handling guitar, vocal and saxophone duties, as he crafts an optimistic, surprisingly polished mix of new songs that mark a shift in his songwriting style, emerging as a more upbeat storyteller (as compared to his critically acclaimed 2011 debut EVERYTHING THAT MATTERS, which was more reflective, and garnered comparisons to such seminal artists as Paul Simon and Cat Stevens.) He comments:
SNOWING IN APRIL is an upbeat, new chapter on my path as a singer-songwriter. In its simplicity and raw approach it is catchy, humorous and playful, yet reflective and thoughtful on different aspects of life: believing in and knowing ourselves, holding to our ideals, finding true love and appreciating how special it is, while journeying from big, snowy cities to beautiful islands in the sun.
The collection can be appreciated as two distinct categories, combining reflections about mid-life (with a particular focus on stand-out track THE MIDDLE OF THE SHOW) with uptempo, Jimmy Buffet-esque songs about city and island life. Listen to Robins discuss the evolution of the project via this Podcast interview: http://bit.ly/YGqC6Q.
The LP features eight songs plus an inspiring bonus track sung with Robins' 15-year-old daughter, Casey. The delightful cover art further conveys the often irreverent approach of this collection, and was designed by Berlin-based comic book artist, Dominik Heilig of Kazmonavt.
Robins is based in Moscow and recorded the LP in Geneva, with Yvan Bing (Phil Collins,) via Bing's Kitchen Studio. It was mastered by Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound, and features vocals by Remy Sepetoski on the duet, 'Where Were You?'
Song notes by Robins:
1 - Snowing in April - is a day in Moscow during an April that was dark and snow-filled, and also makes fun of legendary Moscow traffic.
2 - The Middle of the Show - written on the week of my 47th birthday as a gift to myself and a celebration of the joys of middle age...
3. Take Those Empty Words - is the story of my life, as I was always told not to strive to reach the places I have, and
always rejected the advice...
4. You're Not Far - written in memory of my Dad, Jack, who died in the Fall of 2001, just after 9/11, at 67 years young.
5. Where Were You? - evokes the Everly Brothers as it tells the story of living in the same cities around the world for half a lifetime before finally meeting my soulmate. Track features Remy Sepetoski on vocals.
6. How Lucky - brings to light the realizations we can come to when our health falters as it tells in a humorous manner of a day in New York City.
7. and 8. - Sanibel and Paradise - Fun songs written in beautiful places.
Bonus Track: Believe - I wrote this song in the spring of 2011 when my children returned into my life after nearly three years of silence. All the more meaningful as I now sing with my daughter Casey. Track features Casey Robins on vocals. See the Father's Day video, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMBWIA4k_7I
In other news, Robins has spent recent months working with the renowned Berklee College of Music, earning high praise from his instructors for his songwriting skills. Robins is all about forward motion and personal growth, and he credits the Berklee program for broadening his ideas and tools for writing.