Fresh Pop Fusion. - The Mercy Stone: Can't Think (Gave It Away, Pt. 1)
posted 08 Jul 2019 by Krister Axel
This gorgeous mid-tempo introspection splits the difference between groove and stillness.

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The music of The Mercy Stone is a true experience in genre cross-pollination: with strong themes of jazz fusion, neoclassical, and indie pop, and a lineup of talented performers, we explore the rich mind of Scott Grady, who founded the band in 2016 after spending a few years studying music composition in an academic setting. The final result benefits from a deep stable of performance ability coming from a core membership of players that, like Grady, walk the line between formal and non-formal musical worlds.

The theme seems to be a meeting between Grady’s personal passion for melody and the collective support for a vast emotional arc: the subtle swing, the beautiful lead vocal and harmony, the cello-led dynamic breaks, and the electric guitar that feels so central to the mix, leave the listener with something new to find with every spin. This gorgeous mid-tempo introspection splits the difference between groove and stillness, and creates a singular space for The Mercy Stone between a retro-jazz feel like Return To Forever and the modern contrapuntal artistry of a band like The Arcadian Wild.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.

Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist