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"The sophomore release from Nashville-based singer/songwriter Lindsay Murray [Behind the Curtain] finds her building upon her 2015, Ken Stringfellow-produced debut, Fragile State, and surpassing that record’s ample charms. Bearing a vocal similarity to Aimee Mann, Murray writes concise, catchy songs filled with emotion while never veering into melodramatics..." Full review on Goldmine Magazine
"Nashville-based Lindsay Murray’s second project as Gretchen’s Wheel is a meaty, inspired collection of songs imbued with powerful emotion...Catchy melodies and intelligent songwriting abound." Full review on Pure Pop Radio
"Despite Gretchen’s Wheel’s last album being produced by The Posies‘ Ken Stringfellow, it’s this album – self produced by Lindsay Murray – that hits the bullseye as power pop with an ever-so-subtle Americana flavor. The guitars jangle and shimmer in all the right places...There’s melody and muscle in equal measure, and even Murray’s songwriting – already her strong suit – seems to have improved on this go-round." Full review on Musoscribe
"Behind The Curtain is a powerful set, a collection that threads melancholy self-examination through a series of shimmery, appealing tunes anchored by Murray’s instantly memorable voice." Full review on The Daily Vault
"...Fragile State is an amalgam of everything that makes us essentially human. Not in an existential, hard-to-reach kinda way, but more in the vein of simply being alive and hoping for a better future. The ’90s influence is definitely present across the record...the mysterious “Masquerade Waltz” falls against an intriguing 3/4 tempo (no surprise there given the title) and creates a timeless, enchanting sound that’s wholly modern. Other standouts are the fuzzy, psychedelic-tinged “Why Try”; “Overcome,” which recalls the vibe of “Waltz” in its classical influence and heavy string presence; and the questioning closer “Total Loss,” in which Murray ponders what’s to come. Well, Lindsay, if your first record is any indication, only good things." Full review on POPDOSE
"Fragile State, a new album from Gretchen's Wheel, is a welcome reminder that Nashville produces more than pop country idols. The band is a vehicle for Lindsay Murray's considerable vocal and songwriting talents... High quality work establishes Murray as a major talent deserving of a wide audience." Full review on Music Emissions
"...Lindsay Murray’s brand of alternative rock rings lushly atmospheric yet closely intimate, as she frames her honest lyricism against a sweeping backdrop...Gretchen’s Wheel has produced an album that grows more and more endearing as you allow its atmosphere to wash over you, and showcases a sound that is impressively self-assured for a debut record." (Full review originally posted on PapercutMag.com)
"...Lindsay’s smoky vocals themselves are reminiscent of the honesty of Aimee Mann and the etherealness of Elizabeth Fraser. Remarkably, this album could have easily been released in the early 90’s, and wistfully effortless slices of pop like 'Second to Last' and 'Why Try' would have found a perfect home on any turn of the decade teenage romantic comedy. As rootsy as all of the songs are here, there’s also a wonderful spacey quality as well, shown off best on the guitars and harmonies of 'My Lullaby.' Undoubtedly, however, one of the best songs here is the maudlin, string-laden 'Overcome.' It’s buried near the end of the record, but it’s a definite highlight. The entire album, however, is worth getting lost in, time and time again." Full review on The Big Takeover Magazine
"...Fragile State was recorded in Brooklyn, Nashville and Paris, an exotic combination you can hear in the lush, cosmopolitan feeling of the almost genre-less music. The album is essentially a collaboration between the talented Murray and producer/multi-instrumentalist Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.), with Ira Elliot of Nada Surf playing drums on seven of the 11 tracks...Fragile State is a rich, appealing showcase for Lindsay Murray’s haunting songs and beguiling voice." Full review on The Daily Vault
Just beneath the glistening power pop surface of the stunning new release from Gretchen's Wheel lies a universally familiar story, told by way of winding baroque melodies that bloom into lush, expansive choruses. Sad Scientist (March 17, 2017, Futureman Records) finds singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lindsay Murray grappling with some of life’s most profound questions by putting an unapologetically honest face on isolation, aging and loss.
Through masterfully crafted songs like “Left Turn” and “Disintegrate,” Sad Scientist preaches the profound magic of alchemy—the conversion of suffering into something powerfully good. In the later half of 2016, Murray began writing and recording the material that would become Sad Scientist from her home studio near Nashville. The album’s title was inspired by Murray’s unique approach to songwriting and outlook on life. “The act of songwriting and recording music is my ‘sad science’... turning sadness or other negative emotions into something better.”
For Gretchen’s Wheel’s third and most ambitious release yet, Murray collaborated with some of the most highly regarded musicians in the power pop genre, including Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.), Andy Reed (Reed Recording Co., The Legal Matters, The Verve Pipe) and Fernando Perdomo. The diverse lineup of musicians gives every song on Sad Scientist its own unique, vibrant signature.
Equal parts intimate confessional and unabashed love letter to cherished musical influences like Nada Surf, Matthew Sweet, Elliott Smith and Failure, Sad Scientist is a much-needed statement of bravery and hope uttered during the most uncertain of times.
("Gretchen's Wheel" is a reference to the Schubert composition "Gretchen am Spinnrade.")