New Years are often bookended on either side by introspection as much as they are celebration. So even while 2019's inaugural champagne is still bubbling, it makes sense to sit back with the reflections of Gretchen Pleuss 'If You Saw Me Now.' It's the singer-songwriter's second single from her hotly anticipated album, 'Daughter of the Broader Skies.' Herein, Pleuss' warm vocals stand center amidst gentle guitar tones as the song, in her own words, "...chronicles the process of finding one's self again after experiencing loss." - Jonathan Frahm, For Folk's Sake, published January 12th, 2019.
Pleuss may be the new kid on the block in the national folk scene, but don't let this deter you. Having grown a loyal following throughout her home state of Ohio, Pleuss has been travelling and playing shows wherever she can for as long as she can remember. With a simple yet evocating songwriting ability, Pleuss' soft vocals accentuate the poignant lyrics that run throughout her latest single, Everybody's Pretty." - Substream Magazine, published November 2nd, 2018
"Ohio native Gretchen Pleuss has penned an elegant and bittersweet ode to NYC in the form of Everybody's Pretty, the first single off her new album, Daughter of the Broader Skies. The song explores concepts of mental health, loneliness, and love through soft vocals and light-hearted lyrics that accentuate the movement of the city that never sleeps. Her vocal delivery and skillful finger-picking call to mind the folk singers who graced the stage of the Gaslight Café during the 60's Greenwich Village folk renaissance. Fans of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and other folk luminaries will appreciate Gretchen's gorgeous arrangements and thought-provoking songwriting." - Dan Jarvis, Midwest Action! published November 1st, 2018
"Pleuss's influences include the phrasing, jazz rhythms, and songwriting style of Joni Mitchell as well as genre-bending women songwriters from the 90's. Her 2016 release From Birth to Breath to Bone was a self-produced labor of love cut to vinyl and CD. Several musicians lent a hand, recording layers of sound to support Pleuss' sweet vocals. She wrote the signature track "Waves Like Drums" after she returned from a two-week tour of Ireland, while she was still reminiscing about the natural landscapes and folklore.The song captures her fingerpicking style as well as her tuned-down guitar within an experimental composition." - Jay Minkin, No Depression Magazine, Spring 2017 issue
"With two EP's and three full albums out, Pleuss is building her reputation as a musician of the ages. Her recent release, "From Birth, to Breath, to Bone," features light melodies and whimsical vocals." - MacKenzie Mehrl, The Devil Strip Magazine, published April 7th, 2016
"As with some of her proudly state musical heroes, which include Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and Ani Difranco, Pleuss keeps the music above the standard, three-chord, coffee-house troubadour sound with some cool chord progressions (a la Mitchell) and grooves underneath layered vocal harmonies. Pleuss also trusts her lilting melodies enough to use her quiet, emotive alto to sell her lyrics (i.e. there's not a log of manic melisma trying to tear your eardrums off)." - Malcolm X Abram, Akron Beacon Journal, published March 2nd, 2016
"Do not be surprised if you hear Gretchen's name over and over and over again this year. Her music draws upon Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, and Paul Simon for inspiration and it is about to be showcased on a new album, so the talk is only going to get louder. Make it out to one of these early shows so you can tell people you knew her way back when." -The Devil Strip Magazine, published January 8, 2016