Justin Grounds is a multi-instrumentalist/composer from Cambridge in the UK who is now based in Cork in Ireland. Apart from his solo work he is also a member of The Vepsertine Quartet.
“Currently touring Ireland with The Headland Collective, Justin Grounds deserves to have more chatter about him. The Englishman’s album The Dissolving is a superbly crafted release of atmospheric music drawn from his musical experiences with electro-acoustic composition, violin, thumb piano and enriched by his recording method – in solitude in a tiny cottage in Clonakilty, Co, Cork. It’s an Irish Bon Iver story of sorts (but without the selling phones in Eyre Square bit… ” NIALLER9.com
“Justin is a wildly gifted violin player and when you add his songwriting capabilities to the mix, as well as his ability to innovate and layer using pedals, loops and electronic knowhow, you have a really unique, exciting artist. His musical output is prolific and he tours regularly both in Ireland and abroad, so make it your duty to see him in his element at a live show. It will bowl you over.” THE BROWN BREAD MIXTAPE
“Within the composition’s minimalist musical aesthetic, Grounds achieves an almost rhapsodic arch of movement from the spare beginning until the “quasi recitative” towards the end. His understanding of the violin scordatura provides a colourful, resonant and harmonically interesting play against the modal backdrop. The orchestration is daringly minimal, but nevertheless, to use an architectural metaphor, he takes us on a journey from the foundations up to the eaves, all the while developing the colours and articulations of the solo violin. Despite the almost “ancient” feel to the music, it delivers a picture free of baroque pastiche”. MAYA HOMBURGER