gROUSe is San Francisco based musician/ producer Ronan Carroll. It is an outlet for his electronic, dub and ambient influenced productions.
Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Carroll moved to California in 1994.
Playing bass and guitar in many bands through the 80's and 90's a love for electronic music was rekindled with the onset of the British acid house scene in the late 80's.
After moving to San Francisco and meeting and playing with dozens of musicians Carroll started listening to more and more dub influenced downtempo and trip-hop. In 2001 Carroll put together Locust Studios in his home and began composing beats there.
With the help of guest musicians, like vocalist Aoife Hand and trumpter Brian Switzer, tracks for a full album were put together.
"We Want To Be Loved", a set of 12 dowtempo, dark, spacey electronic tunes was released on Carroll's own Babyfly Records in April 2005.
Songs from the album have been featured on Overexposure.FM, JazzyLounge.com, DeepIntense.com as well as various college radio stations around the US and have also been featured in a documentary shown on Irish network television.
Here's what Indie-Music.com had to say:
"We Want To Be Loved is an eclectic offering of sounds, pulling guitars and trumpets together with the best of today's technology. Instead of pasting together his beats in a danceable pattern, Grouse has taken more time to ensure that this album became the best.
The tracks seem to weigh more on the side of trip hop with the music and rare vocals always flowing into each other.
His work takes the background in a few of the tracks, such as "Lies On Me," when he allows a female vocalist to sing over his entrancing beat. Carroll, or should I say Grouse, must have searched the globe or at least the country hard to find a voice to suit his music. He has found the fit perfectly though. The women that accompany his music are soothing and haunting in their sound, helping Grouse to keep the mood of this album strong.
Underneath the soft sounds of this CD, there is a dark theme running through each song. Perhaps it's the twisting beats or the unsettling sound of crickets in "Freak Of Nurture," but you can feel there is a darkness within the album waiting to be released the next time you push play."
Stephanie Joudrey- Indie-Music.com