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ROB GILES


MEDITATION DRIVE-THRU

FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
featuring the Singles

"Some Stars"
"Show Me The Way To The Ocean"
"Tears Into Art"


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12” Clear Sky Blue color vinyl (33 rpm)

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FRIDAY . NOVEMBER 10th 2023 

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Take a listen to Rob Giles' triumphant return to music after a period of silence with his fifth studio album, "Meditation Drive-Thru." With its soul-stirring melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, and Rob's newfound clarity and authenticity, this enthralling musical voyage is a testament to the enduring power of creativity and the tenacity of the human spirit.


Rob Giles was done with music. After releasing four studio albums of his own, a few more that were lost in record label shuffles, a handful with other bands (The Rescues, Andy Summers of the Police, etc.) and as a producer/co-writer on countless others (Lisa Loeb (GRAMMY WIN), Sara Ramirez (GREY’S ANATOMY, TONY AWARD WINNER)) he walked off stage at a sold-out show at the Troubadour in LA and just…. stopped.  

He didn’t post about it on social media and didn’t tell his friends. He never mentioned to anyone that he thought his voice had been damaged beyond repair, and didn’t see any doctors about the fact he couldn’t sing for more than a minute without pain and a significant loss of range. He just knew it was time to be done as a professional musician. 

But he couldn’t stop as a writer. A few months after that Troubadour show, he had sold his first television series to Warner Bros. Studios, his first of five shows he created and sold to studios over the next five years. But, this parallel industry started to wear on him, too, and he felt he was “losing his voice” in other ways.




He started to wonder what was next, his gut again telling him to take a leap. So, he made a new record? No. He started grad school to become a therapist, specializing in trauma and addiction (Rob is 18 years sober). 


When a dear friend of his completed her radiation and chemotherapy, he asked what she wanted to do to celebrate. She said “I need another Rob Giles record.”  Impossible. Not going to happen. He thought of telling her “I can’t even sing and haven’t written a song in years, literally.” And yet, he knew  she was right, that it somehow needed to be attempted.

Three months later, he had finished “Meditation Drive-thru”, 11 eclectic songs about making the most out of what you have. About rebuilding when you feel you only have handfuls of sand. About singing when your voice is gone. His voice, sounds better than ever.  

"TEARS INTO ART"

The first single, “Tears into Art”, was the first song he finished that showed him he could and should keep going - singing, writing, and recording. His writing voice was still there, too.

He completed the lyric, a message he had to write for himself as a reminder of the magic he had witnessed after all the things he had overcome in a life of profound personal losses. (He doesn’t like to talk about his divorce to a very public actress, and won’t confirm or deny any of the songs are about her.)  

“Tears Into Art” is a simple but timeless song about making space for the new when all around you is wreckage. “Give up bad love that’s breaking you and make way for the love that’ll come breaking through.” The song breaks through your own walls and softly, warmly reassures and comforts in a way that is both inspiring and humble. Plus it bops, and is catchy.

Like the best Rob Giles songs from the past, it feels instantly recognizable and somehow healing, witnessing, and very real. His vocals seem to speak directly to you, are both intimate and honest. It is a remarkable beginning to a very special album. 
IN HIS OWN WORDS:

“I knew this song was a gift of clarity for me. That I could still write and sing, which I truly didn’t know if I could. I didn’t sing in the car or shower for years. Even singing ‘Row Your Boat’ to my kids at bedtime physically hurt and it felt challenging to hit the notes. When I did, it came out gravelly, pitchy, like I was singing through someone else’s body I had just inhabited. It wasn’t ever good, so I just stopped trying. And then when I agreed to make a new record, everything changed. I just agreed with, like, my higher self or some muse or riding on my friends’ belief that I would write and record and do my best and it would be enough.

And, like a fairy godmother waved a wand, everything just worked, like the past handful of years was a bad dream. And in a lot of ways, it was. But, the support I didn’t have in previous relationships was in my past, the new friends and love and support I had found in the new life I’ve been building was all in place for me to just be myself.

To just open my heart and my mouth and, without any concern for the results or even planning on releasing this as an album - really not even sure I could finish an album - it all fell so easily into place that it made me question how I had made, like, hundreds of records for all those years. Ease, comfort, first and second takes, just laughing with my friend Rich Jacques until somehow another song was done. Like one a day. Boom. Easy. We didn’t question anything, we just kept doing the next indicated step, and in no time we were done, and really proud. I felt healed and more myself than I have in many years.” -ROB

 
Meditation Drive-Thru Tracklist

1.   Tears Into Art
2.   Show Me the Way to the Ocean
3.   New Mistake
4.   Some Stars
5.   Up on a Plane
6.   Make Me Crawl
7.   Lower
8.   What Would You Want If You Could Have It?
9.   Ask Your Doctor About Effectra
10. Drinking Poison
11. Flowers Won’t Stop


ACCESS LYRICS

ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY ROB GILES . PRODUCED BY RICH JACQUES


FOR YOUR PLAYLIST CONSIDERATION

 

"SOME STARS"

TOTAL LENGTH: 4:08
 

"TEARS INTO ART"

TOTAL LENGTH: 3:24

 

"SHOW ME THE WAY TO THE OCEAN"

TOTAL LENGTH: 3:40



RELEASE DATE:  November 10th, 2023



Genre: Indie, Singer Songwriter
Subgenre: Alternative, Rock 
Moods: Calm. Soothing. Introspective. Dynamic. Chill.

Playlist Ideas: Singer-songwriter. Mellow rock. Indie Rock. Alternative. Hipster. Spiritual rock. Classic alternative. Earthy. Raw. Honest. Woo woo.  

Sounds like / Similar Artists / Musical Influences:

Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, Taylor Swift, Spoon, Pinegrove, Dave Matthews, The National, Feist, Phoebe Bridgers, Cigarettes After Sex, Bon Iver, Ry X, Kacey Musgraves, Future Islands, Waxahatchee

OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF "TEARS INTO ART"


ABOUT



Rob Giles is a Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter who pivoted to film and television writing when he sold two spec scripts to Warner Bros. Television. Warner Bros also developed two shows, “The Fare” and “Near Beth Experience” with the CW.

He has also developed “Conspiracy/ O+” at Bad Robot and is producing a stage musical with Willie Williams (U2) and Tony Award winning director Michael Arden.  His newest series “The F?ck” is in development at CBS studios. 


R
ob attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where a number of his songs are currently taught in songwriting classes. Rob has written songs for and shared the stage with Grammy/Tony winners and legends Joe Cocker, Sara Ramirez, Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Neil Finn, Andy Summers of The Police, and produced or co-produced over twenty albums for himself and others. He is a father of three girls and is studying to become a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). 

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