At various points, artists as varied as Joni Mitchell, Bon Iver, Neil Young and the late Robert Palmer all embraced technology and turned to differing electronic music styles to give their music a new twist, if only for one album.
David Gray does much the same on his 11th album, “Gold in a Brass Age,” but with a twist.
Best known for his 1999 breakthrough hit “Babylon,” the veteran English singer-songwriter has been exploring an understated “folktronic” sound for more than two decades. However, where in the past he would apply electronic touches for flavor and texture to his finished songs, with “Gold in a Brass Age,” he’s embraced sampling and assorted high-tech tools as part of his songwriting process itself.
The result is not a radical reinvention, but a subtle one that adds new dimension to his music. It will be intriguing to hear how this new approach translates to the concert stage when Gray performs here this weekend on a double-bill with the enchanting Guatemalan troubadour Gaby Moreno.
David Gray, with Gaby Moreno: 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Jacobs Music Center’s Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B St., downtown. $19.75-$32.50. (619) 235-0804. ticketmaster.com