Grace Yurchuk Launches New Music Into Orbit

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NYU Undergrad Pens, Performs and Produces A New EP—Raising Expectations Of Lo-Fi Bedroom Pop

Warwick, NY native and 18-year-old rising NYU Sophomore, Grace Yurchuk, released her first EP entitled Footsteps On the Moon. It is available on vinyl and all major platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, TikTok, and Tidal.

The five-track collection contains two previously released songs, “Need Me” and “Good Together”, both having achieved thousands of streams. An academic semester can be measured in weeks, months, classes, GPA or in Grace’s case a 5-song arc that showcases her storytelling prowess. Covid isolation inspired the first two Spring singles and the effort culminates in a Summer EP with a unique, self-made sound.

What began as catharsis turned into a journey that let Grace spread her musical wings. “At first, I just wanted to express myself and tell a story about what we were going through as freshmen in NYC during the pandemic and how it affected every aspect of our lives—especially our relationships”, said Grace. But as I continued working it became an opportunity to show that DIY music can have complexity and richness, it can sound so close to studio-quality.”

While she has been compared to artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, girl in red, Beach Bunny, and Mitski, being a classically trained vocalist gives Grace a distinct harmonic style that differentiates her from her bedroom pop counterparts. By day, Grace was studying Music History, Theory, and Italian Diction. By night, she was putting theory into practice—writing lyrics, making beats, and mixing tracks from her dorm room. The influence from the former is evident in the latter.

Her classical background extends beyond the vocals and reveals itself in the structure and intentional connection of the tracks. The tritone’s dissonance is a theme that’s repeated throughout the EP, representing the unresolved nature of the story arc. The bass and synth embody the gravity and tension within the story—all of which are resolved lyrically and musically in the final chapter—”Supernova.”

“Listeners may have no idea how themes, motifs, and musical phrases influence them or that they’re even there. It can be very subtle”, said Grace. It’s my job to create these links. It’s the magic of musical storytelling.”

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