CIVIC GRACE is the musical alias of Ashley Wright, Australian producer based in Berlin. Her work is mix of oneiric sounds, an experimentation of ambient, breakbeat, dub techno and acoustic soundscapes. With her musical background stemming from her career as a professional dancer, she has built herself a sentimental approach as a producer. She works by gathering sonic fragments of time and space, carefully assembling them to form layered sound tapestries that find a kind of majesty in sharp contrasts of ephemerality and nostalgia. With an ardency for story telling though sound she doesn't seek for a connection with any particular music style but encapsulates interpretation. CIVIC GRACE produces for her own choreographic works, commissioned dance pieces, art installations, live events and film. Since 2019 she has released three solo albums.
EMISSARIES OF DELUSIONAL OPTIMISM
released October 21, 2020
Produced by C I V I C G R A C E.
Mix & Mastering Ulysse Zangs
Cover artwork Massimiliano Rossetto
Released date October 21, 2020 with Reset Records.
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as it happens
released March 23, 2020
Produced by C I V I C G R A C E
Mix & Mastering Steph Lefrancois
Cover artwork Ashley Alexandra Wright
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"This debut album by civic grace is defined by the momentum of impermanence, and the collage of life as observed by a thinking, living and breathing artist: moments of introspective inhales oscillate with cathartic exhalation; the ruminations of Maya Angelou and Patti Smith punctuated by the channeled abandon of deep driving beats. Distilled piano reminiscent of the new classical masters are the quietly guiding force in tracks like a splendour only partially imagined, tinged with a haunting ethereality. With the album culminating in the bare intimacy of where you are now (in the artist’s words: ‘me playing the piano and humming along on one lonely winter night in Berlin’).
The artist CIVIC GRACE is in a transient and meditative state of mind, and just as Smith declares in the most absolute disappearance - ‘I’m definitely into the future’ - so are we, drawn into Grace’s beautiful stream and flowing into what is now, and yet to be."
- Juliet Burnett, April 2020
"Thank you CIVIC GRACE for this great soundtrack. Uplifting and calming at the same time — like coffee and cigarettes … somewhere between Clint Mansell and Andy Stott. I just want to listen to it again and again." ★★★★★
- Harald Geistler
"A sedulous and arresting meditation."
- Ran Barnea, Resident Advisor.
A Blush Of Romance.
Two ambient affairs with my piano.
- A Blush Of Romance.
- Porn Music on Tuesday
"What you have told me is quite a romance, a romance of art one might call it, and the worst of having a romance of any kind is that it leaves one so unromantic."
Available in Bandcamp for FREE digital download
Arrow of Time
Produced by Civic Grace
Mastering by Mattias Fridell
Album cover by Matthias Stegmueller