“Body Divine” April 5th, 2019
Photo by Rafael Piñeros
Driven by indie-rock twang and ethereal harmonies, Kris Gruen’s new single “Body Divine” finds
him delivering a more rocking version of his folk-tinged Americana pop.
In September 2016, Kris made his way to the Live at Heart Festival in Örebro, Sweden. With two days in Stockholm before the festival, he found himself spending time in the studio with Peter Morén (of Peter Bjorn and John fame) and newcomer Marlene Oak. What resulted from those sessions led to Kris and Peter’s duet single “Everyday and Night Now”, released on Kris’s 2018 album Coast and Refuge, and the upcoming single “Body Divine”, written with Oak, out onApril5th.
The song is about “the mysterious cleansing powers of the natural world,” says Gruen, something he knows well living atop a secluded mountain side in Vermont. When it came time to record the track, Kris recorded his guitar and vocals in NYC, then handed them off to Charleston, South Carolinians Maggie Valley for overall production. Made up of multi-instrumentalist Corey Campbell and singer Jenna Desmond (both of Charleston band Babe Club), Maggie Valley came to life in 2018 when the two did the score for the indie film “Pop-Pop Is Dead.”
Mixed by Andy Dixon (Shovels & Rope, Indianola, Babe Club), the song’s Americana meets indie-rock arrangement dynamically dips and soars, with Desmond’s evocative, angelic vocals floating over Campbell’s fuzz bass, angular guitars, and synths. All of it compliments and validates Gruen and Oak’s lyrics and melodies naturally, both at home in the energy of Maggie Valley’s southern rock, and the intricacies of Dixon’s mix.
Listen to “Body Divine” here and connect with Kris Gruen on his website.
“In danger of bursting, the big, full heart of Kris Gruen’s sweeping, contemporary folk-pop tour de force Coast & Refuge is brimming with hope and optimism.” – Elmore Magazine (88 out of 100)
Michael Flynn + Kris Gruen Spring 2019 Tour
MARCH 30 – NYC, NY – City Vineyard at Pier 26 *
MARCH 31 – Baltimore, MD – House Party
APRIL 1 – College Park, MD – Milkboy Arthouse
APRIL 2 – Norfolk, VA – Charlie’s American Cafe
APRIL 3 – Greenville, SC – Coffee Underground
APRIL 6 – Charleston, SC – Redux Contemporary Art Center
APRIL 7 – Columbia, SC – Curiosity Coffee Bar **
APRIL 8 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s
APRIL 10 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
APRIL 11 – Mobile, AL – SouthSounds Music Festival
APRIL 12 – Mobile, AL – SouthSounds Music Festival
APRIL 13 – Athens, GA – The Rooftop at Georgia Theatre (free show)
* with Benjamin Cartel
** with The Lovely Few