Release Radar: Found Heaven

Conan Gray produces an 80s themed album, unlike anything he has written before.
Conan Grays third and most recent album: Found Heaven (Republic Records).
Conan Gray’s third and most recent album: “Found Heaven” (Republic Records).

Many people love music from the 80s. The only unfortunate thing is there can’t be more 80s music to be released. After all, we’re in a completely different decade. 

Thankfully, singer and songwriter Conan Gray released his third album “Found Heaven” which has a boujee 80s feel. Listening to it for the first time can send you back in time and cause you to experience a wide range of emotions: from exhilarated to melancholic.

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Gray has now released one EP and three albums. He is most commonly known for his song “Heather” from his debut album, “Kid Krow,” which was released in 2020. His sophomore album, “Superache,” was released in 2022 with songs “People Watching” and “Memories.” Those familiar with his previous music would agree that “Found Heaven” is a completely different sound.

Most popular music today shares a similar feel and message. Not only does Gray’s album sound different from what is typically trending, but it is relatable in many different aspects and encouraging for those going through a hard time. That’s only part of the reason why this album is worth a listen.

“Found Heaven” can be described as a retro dance-pop album with sad lyrics disguised with a happy tune. Gray wrote it while recovering from heartbreak, and said the pain was worth it. 

When it comes to the 80s feel, many would agree in Gray’s song, “Forever With Me,” his bridge sounds like Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.”

In a recent interview with NME, Gray shared, “With this album my main assignment was to surprise listeners and surprise myself.”

“Found Heaven” is about self-exploration and finding your own happiness. It covers topics like heartbreak and dealing with the unknown. In his song “Lonely Dancers,” Gray sings about dancing rather than crying.

The album’s title also is inspired by Gray’s religious backstory. He grew up with religion and moved away from it as he got older. 

When it comes to the title track, Gray explains “The intro is, to me, just like saying okay if there was no God above us- if there was no one watching- how would you live your life? And to me that is reality.”

From the various topics covered to the catchy music, “Found Heaven” is worth anyone’s time of day. This album is timely while still being nostalgic for people of all ages. The style of Gray’s album can allow generations to bond over music and inspire people to be themselves.

“You have to live your life on your own terms.”

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