Gal Musette – Honeymoon (Spotify)

“There is such music,which emanates the warmth and kindness. -Honeymoon- surprisingly it succeeds that with unusual ease. Gentle, almost airy vocals -Grace Freeman- and lyrical melody will win your heart. A jewel in your music collection.”

“Есть музыка, от которой веет теплом и добротой. -Honeymoon- на удивление это удаётся с необычной лёгкостью. Нежный, почти что воздушный вокал -Grace Freeman- и лирическая мелодия завоюют ваши сердца. Маленький бриллиант в музыкальной коллекции.”

Idealized romances were not based on reality. It is beautiful and hard to see someone for who they really are, not who you expected/wanted them to be.

Native of San Clemente, California, Gal Musette sprung up as a musical project between ages 10 and 13, which is when Young musical prodigy Grace Freeman began writing piano-based lyrical compositions and performing at local open-mics. Her whimsical approach to melody-driven indie-folk and French Chanson music captured local audiences, and at 14 her music reached a wider audience as she opened for groups like The Magnetic Fields, who inspired her to write “70 love songs” in tribute to their “69 love songs.”

Gal Musette, taking her name from the French style “Bal Musette,” an accordion-based French waltz style, draws inspiration from artists like Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, Bjork, Cocteau Twins, Rufus Wainwright, Irving Berlin and The Cure. In more recent years, she has opened for several renowned artists such as Macy Gray, Suzanne Vega, Todd Snyder, and Donavon Frankenreiter. In October she will be releasing her debut album “Backwards Lullaby,” featuring a vocal duet with one of her musical inspirations, Rufus Wainwright. Her upcoming album explores the pangs of hopeless romances and unrequited love, what it’s like to move beyond idealized love into the acceptance of what is real and constant, as well as the cyclical nature of life and love in relationships.

Reviewed by Nagamag on May 4, 2021