The catchy male vocals cling just right to your soul, while female vocals above it, vibrant, sparkle with all its edges and low frequencies, take you to the highest heights and deepest depths. This is ‘Chasing Grace’, two musicians from the home county of Hertfordshire – 19 year-old Philip Plested and 17 year-old Grace Ackerman.
The band were initially ‘Saving Grace’, later converting to ‘Chasing Grace’ since there was one more ‘Saving Grace’ band in town… Chasing Grace have supported Emeli Sandé on tour and now are going to release their first E.P., “Dinner Will Be Served”, in March with great things expected.
With only three elements – boy-girl vocals and acoustic guitar – they manage to create a rich and pure palette of sound in their covers – on Swedish House Mafia, Rihanna, Neyo etc. as well their original tracks like ‘Trust’ and ‘Dinner Will Be Served’.
What do we get? Deep thoughtful lyrics about keeping yourself together that sound much more than just another acoustic love story. A romantic boy-girl duo yes, but also a paradoxic effect of combining weightless acoustic sound with hazy aggressive notes in the lyrics. You see the name ‘Dinner Will Be Served’ – and yes, it’s about hunger. But hunger for arguments and resistance. You see the name ‘Bullet’ – and yes, it’s about love, for a change. But still – in rather an aggressive way, with a taxing of the mind, who should take the bullet? You see the name ‘Trust’ – and oh yes, this one is about trust. But not in sentimental wrappers but with the idea that nobody knows in the end what is right. And so, ‘Chasing Grace’ are telling us that it’s the perfect time to start trusting yourself.