gROUSe | We Want To Be Loved

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We Want To Be Loved

by gROUSe

Spacey, trippy, dark yet soothing electronic downtempo beats with aspects of live instrumentation.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. Tuesday Wednesday
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2. Prosperous
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3. Lies On Me
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4. Twisted
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5. Woman
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6. Big Man
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7. Nowhere Dub
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8. Dedlya
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9. Freak Of Nurture
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10. Suicide Kills Me
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11. We Want To Be Loved
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12. As If To Prove A Point
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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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


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Hannah

Intriguing
This is a collection of funky beats and soothing melodies that flow from track to track, and resonate throughout the entire CD. Each track still manages to sound fresh and new, however, and on some occasions, the music's randomness reminded me of the Fight Club soundtrack. My only criticism is that the artist seems to play a bit too much with random sounds, rather than focusing on a steady beat and enhancing it with subtle changes. Very good overall, however, and I look forward to hearing more from this artist.

DrNick

Stunning debut - an amazing find. Trippy, trancey, multilayered. Buy it!
This was a chance find for me. Picked up a copy at a Tempest gig in Philadelphia, after having a beer with the auteur (who also plays lead guitar for Tempest). Amazing work! Intricately interwoven layers of music combining to produce a wonderfully rich narrative tapestry. There are shades of Gorillaz (particularly on Twisted), Kruder + Dorfmeister and Moby - but an original sound and a definite musical vision of his own. I wouldn't normally think of this genre as my kind of music, but this is a great, mellow, musical backdrop to whatever you're doing. It's in heavy rotation on my iPod and my laptop.

Michael Thornton

The best CD I've heard this, or any other, year!!
I just can't praise this incredible CD enough! It's simply wonderful. Go listen to it - you will find it unique in the originality of the music and the clever vocals.

Greg H

Downtempo, lightly spiced
Calm and unhurried ambient beats, somber in a soothing way. "Twisted" is one of my favorite tracks, with a woman speaking Japanese and a bit of flute adding to the atmospheric synth beats. Come to think of it, each song has the usual downtempo elements plus something a little different. Maybe that's the strength of this CD --it's exactly what I'd expect of a good downtempo CD plus something a little different in each track to keep me interested.

Simmy

Laid back grooves that help mellow the mind.
This is a excellent CD to listen to with a glass of red wine at the end of a busy day. A mixture of Trip Hop and Ambient grooves keep the listener interested but always on the edge of drifting into a soporiphic state. Nice.

db

Excellent downtempo album
I heard "Freaks Of Nurture" on Pandora.com and immediately wanted to hear more. After listening to a couple other track samples, I bought the album. I am extremely pleased.

Lynne

Gellin' like Magellan
A great CD to put your headphones on, put your feet up, close your eyes and float away. Each time I listen to it, I discover something I haven't heard before, another layer I missed. I like the guitar work, the trumpet, the vocals...all very smooth! My favorite track is Lies On Me, with several others running a close second. Order it now, and you'll be "gellin' like Magellan" in no time!

Troy

Great Trippy music to listen anytime of the day!!
This is CD is awesome!! I couldnt wait to recieve it in the mail so I could tear it open and brag to all my freinds how I bought the greatest CD!! (Which I did)!! I love listening to this CD because it brings a ton of differnet beats together making it one of the coolest CDs I have ever heard, While at the same time it lets your imagination run wild with the beats, sounds, and lyrics!! I greatly recommend this CD to anyone and everyone!!