Published on May 31st, 2012 | by Daniel Rahe


Apartment Lights switching on

Grace Sullivan of Apartment Lights (Photo by James Bailey)

Music lovers in Tacoma and beyond are familiar with Grace Sullivan. As a founding member of the very popular Goldfinch, she co-wrote and performed songs of barren sincerity mined from the dark vein between sacrament and sense. Last year, fans noticed changes in the band, including Grace’s absence. But by no means had she stopped writing music.

In recent months, she has given us clues about her new project, Apartment Lights. Then, in April, the Apartment Lights Tumblr page featured a haunting piano-driven track called “The Feeder”.

Now, Grace has officially completed Apartment Lights’ first EP. “The White River”, a collection of three songs (including “The Feeder”), will debut tonight with a release event at Columbia City Theater. Sullivan will be playing with Brad Loomis & The Resonance and Lijie.

A video for the title track, “The White River” will be released shortly, as well. It is a production by our friends at The Art Department. Grace said, “I can’t wait to see it. I think they really, really understood what I was going for.”

This raises a question: what is Grace Sullivan aiming for in this first solo release? While her songs have frequently drawn from experiences in nature, the connection to wilderness is brought to the forefront in this album’s veiled distillations. And there’s more to come: “I have this huge catalog of solo material that I’ve written in the past two years,” Grace said, “But these three songs are all less than a year old.” She will ultimately record 9 more songs as part of this work, and plans musical explorations beyond the particular aesthetic of the Apartment Lights name.

Apartment Lights’ “The White River” will also be available on here.

Apartment Lights, Brad Loomis & The Resonance, Lijie
Columbia City Theater
May 31, 2012

Tickets Available Here

Look for more about Grace and this record on Post Defiance in the coming days…

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