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Playing With Sound

Albany, New York, United States | SELF

Albany, New York, United States | SELF
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The acoustic duo, Playing with Sound, isn’t playing games when it comes to their music.

Roseanna Grimaldi (aka Rosa Love) and Jess Goforth have come together for a fourth time to make music.

“We started playing together about a decade ago in a group called Ophelia Smiles,” said Grimaldi. “We were in Question Everything together, and with Love for the Masses (LFTM is Grimaldi’s larger, electronic based group).”

The group has a unique blend of sounds that Grimaldi best describes as an “Acoustic Surprise.” With the main instrumentation being guitar, vocals and a Djembe (an African hand drum), the pair often switch instruments and add in a kick drum and electronic synthesizer on some of their songs for additional flare.

Egg shakers are distributed to audience members, encouraging them to play with the group or just channel their inner child with a shake, rattle, and roll of the egg.

As with many other musical groups that perform original musical creations instead of cover songs, Playing with Sound is busy recording an album.

The album is being produced and recorded by Dave Park, better known as the bassist for Coheed and Cambria.

“We’re hoping to record and mix down at least three or four singles before we go on tour in the fall,” added Grimaldi.

The lead single off the forthcoming album is “Circle,” a song about what goes around comes around.

“We leave it open to interpretation for the listener,” Grimaldi said. “They can insert their own thoughts, feelings and memories to it. For us though, I know it was written as a bitter love song.”

The songwriting on the album is split among the two, with Goforth providing some of the songs base melodies or lyrics, and vice versa.

“I tend to be the more romantic one when it comes to writing songs,” laughed Goforth. “We really see eye to eye when we’re making melodies,” said Grimaldi. “It’s one of the reasons why we’ve been able to keep working together and making music together since we were teenagers.”

The two are influenced by a variety of musicians, ranging from seventies legend Janis Joplin to more modern acoustic and rock groups such as Blind Mellon, Incubus, Ani Defranco, Jack Johnson and Kings of Leon to name a few.

“We like to work some covers of popular music in now and again, but for the most part we play our original music when we perform.”

For more information on the group, go to www.playingwithsound.us. - Eric Jenks


Playing With Sound, two women who blend acoustic rock with African percussion to create harmonious music influenced by Blind Melon, Paramore and Incubus, will also be in attendance.

“We are totally psyched to be playing Many of One festival with the best bands of the capital region,” says Rosa Love of Playing with Sound. “To see all of these great bands and everything come together is amazing, and it’s great for us because we are somewhat of a new project and are trying to get our name out there.” - Felicia Bonanno


Discography

Getting ready to Pledge to raise money for our 1st studio album. We have a couple recordings that we recorded acoustic with Dave Parker (of The City Never Sleeps) (Coheed and Cambria).

Self Titled EP

1: Erica

2: My Love Song - (Currently being played on 102.7 WEQX)

3: Circle - (Currently being played on 102.7 WEQX)

4: When You See Me

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The acoustic duo, Playing with Sound, isn’t playing games when it comes to their music.

Roseanna Grimaldi (aka Rosa Love) and Jess Goforth have come together for a fourth time to make music.

“We started playing together about a decade ago in a group called Ophelia Smiles,” said Grimaldi. “We were in Question Everything together, and with Love for the Masses (LFTM is Grimaldi’s larger, electronic based group).”

The group has a unique blend of sounds that Grimaldi best describes as an “Acoustic Surprise.” With the main instrumentation being guitar, vocals and a Djembe (an African hand drum), the pair often switch instruments and add in a kick drum and electronic synthesizer on some of their songs for additional flare.

Egg shakers are distributed to audience members, encouraging them to play with the group or just channel their inner child with a shake, rattle, and roll of the egg.

As with many other musical groups that perform original musical creations instead of cover songs, Playing with Sound is busy recording an album.

The album is being produced and recorded by Dave Parker, better known as the Keyboardist for Coheed and Cambria, producer of Weerd Science, and Bassist for The City Never Sleeps.

“We’re hoping to record and mix down at least three or four singles before we go on tour in the fall,” added Grimaldi.

The lead single off the forthcoming album is “Circle,” a song about what goes around comes around.

“We leave it open to interpretation for the listener,” Grimaldi said. “They can insert their own thoughts, feelings and memories to it. For us though, I know it was written as a bitter love song.”

The songwriting on the album is split among the two, with Goforth providing some of the songs base melodies or lyrics, and vice versa.

“I tend to be the more romantic one when it comes to writing songs,” laughed Goforth. “We really see eye to eye when we’re making melodies,” said Grimaldi. “It’s one of the reasons why we’ve been able to keep working together and making music together since we were teenagers.”

The two are influenced by a variety of musicians, ranging from seventies legend Janis Joplin to more modern acoustic and rock groups such as Blind Mellon, Incubus, Ani Difranco, Jack Johnson and Kings of Leon to name a few.

“We like to work some covers of popular music in now and again, but for the most part we play our original music when we perform.”

For more information on the group, go to www.playingwithsound.us.