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Intimate and Haunting: Grace McLean's 'Albertine' Sets the Stage for Her Highly Anticipated Album

Singer Grace McLean has just released her third single "Albertine" from her forthcoming album. Known for her electrifying performances, McLean is an accomplished actor, singer, writer and performer, who is currently rehearsing to be on Broadway. She has been called “electrifying” by The Huffington Post and “phenomenal” by The New York Times. She has also recently signed a record deal with Meridian/ECR Music Group and already has two singles making waves in the music world. Her debut album "My Lovely Enemy" is set to be released on May 10th.

Out now is her third single "Albertine". Produced and recorded by Justin Goldner, mixed by Jack DeBoe (Jean Baptiste, Tyler the Creator, Yebba) and mastered by Blake Morgan (Lenny Kravitz, Lesley Gore, Janita), "Albertine" is a complex and captivating song that explores the theme of an unpredictable lover.

For the song, McLean drew inspiration from Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" and his description of his lover Albertine. The song explores the idea of an unknowable and unpredictable lover, with the moment of a tear in the relationship potentially bringing clarity.

According to producer Justin Goldner, the lyrics of the song are initially unclear, but then become vivid and chilling. The power dynamics within the relationship are also uncertain, adding to the song's opacity. The song begins with sparse instrumentation but gradually builds with alluring textures and orchestral elements. The energy of the song intensifies as the lyrics gain urgency, culminating in a thrilling fall from the highest heights.

The vocals on "Albertine" are intimate and haunting, creating a sense of intimacy. The orchestral elements gradually build, creating a sense of urgency and climax. The song is a narrative that unfolds with vivid imagery and chilling lyrics.

"Albertine" is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking single that showcases McLean's talent as both a singer and storyteller. With its rich composition and evocative lyrics, the song leaves the listener captivated and searching for answers.

Here are some very impressive facts about Grace McLean:

  • She is a Writer In Residence at Lincoln Center Theater where her first original musical In The Green received a 2020 Richard Rodgers Award, and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical.

  • Was awarded Best Score from the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2021, and the Black Bear Award for Best Sound (Score) at the Athens International Film Festival in 2022.

  • She has had two artistic ambassadorships with the US State Department touring Pakistan (2015) and Russia (2018), and her band performed in both the 2015 and 2016 Lincoln Center American Songbook series.

  • She is a recipient of a Vivace Award for Musical Theater (2023), the Jonathan Larson Grant from the American Theater Wing (2021) and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Emerging Artist Award (2017). Grace is one of Broadway Women’s Fund’s Women to Watch (2021), a member of The Civilians R&D Group (2019-2020), and a MacDowell Fellow (2018).

So, be sure to check this amazing artist through the links below, check out "Albertine", and stay tuned for her upcoming album.


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