Grapefruit Sound Lab featuring Sarah Naughton

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Jersey-based Grapefruit Sound Lab has brought a surprising twist to his unique brand of electronica with this departure track off his upcoming album, Eight Days Across America. “Dum Dum Gun”is a reflective, folkish departure from GSL’s usual driving house beats and synth-heavy sound. Taking influence from medieval folk music, classical solfeggios and collaborating vocalist Sarah Naughton‘s pitch-perfect tone, this unique single relays a stark lyrical message couched in beautiful music.

Inspired by classic American patriotic songs and well suited for folk festivals and peace gatherings, Dum Dum Gun was written in response to the senseless gun violence plaguing the USA.

From the Artist:
“The melody for Dum Dum Gun came to me in a dream. It was an instant earworm that had to be dealt with. I was visualizing a medieval “puppet king” being taken far too seriously by the subjects, sauntering by, only to be laughed at from behind. I also wanted, at some point, to compose something in this realm, so it seemed like I was being handed a celestial opportunity. In my own mind, the “home made solfeggio” of “boom boom bang, &c.” helped the lyrics flow. 

This song is meant to bridge the divide and bring us together as friends and neighbors instead of dividing us, suspiciously as enemies.”

Dum Dum Gun is out now via Howe Records.

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Dum Dum Gun follows up prior album singles A Song About Freedom (released May 1) which featured singers Amuka and Sarah NaughtonDon’t Fall For It (released 06/14)which featured Amuka.

Watch the Youtube promo video:  Dum Dum Gun:

Grapefruit Sound Lab Info
Artist Name: Grapefruit Sound Lab
Location: NYC Metro; Jersey City, NJ USA
Release Title: Dum Dum Gun
Release Date: June 26, 2020
Label: Howe Records (
Musician Names/Instruments:
Grapefruit Sound Lab:
Robert Cotnoir – writer (except Shine)/ producer/ synth programmer/ lead vocals
Producer:: Robert Cotnoir
Mastering: All tracks mastered by mastering engineer Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road, London.
Genre(s): Electronic, Adult Alternative

Dum Dum Gun – Guest Musicians:
Sarah Naughton – lead vocals, vocals (NYC Broadway/ off-broadway writer/performer/vocalist)
Fung Chern Hwei – violin
Tomoko Akaboshi – violin
Ron Lawrence – viola
Tomas Ulrich – cello
Tristan Marzeski – bodhrán, field drum

Don’t Fall For It held ten weeks and reached #14 on Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and two weeks at #41 on Billboard Electronica Chart
Don’t Fall For It (Joel Dickinson Mirrorball Mix) and Shine (Grapefruit Sound Lab Mix) were featured on CBS TV’s series Tommy starring Edie Falco

Love Cards was featured on CBS TV’s series Instinct starring Alan Cumming

“Dum Dum Gun: Lovely and horrifying” – Jean Randich. Professor of Drama/ Directing, Bennington College

“I spent many hours in the studio with Robert Cotnoir.  Always fun, always ready and professional, but Dum Dum Gun is Robert on a whole new level.  Bravo, Mr. Cotnoir, bravo.” – Mel Zelniker, re-recording mixer, Sound One – NYC.

Artist Biographies

Robert Cotnoir (Grapefruit Sound Lab) BIO

With influences ranging from quintessential freestyle, electro, and house, to classic rock, and back again through the classical repertoire, New York native Robert Cotnoir has seamlessly honed a sound that is at once both comforting and familiar, all while being undoubtedly of the times. His songwriting is pensive, self-referential and philosophical with themes about pleasure seeking, wandering souls, loss, pride, jealousy, redemption, salvation, and the struggle between faith and fact, spirit and mind, good and evil. Riding the success of a distinguished career as one of Hollywood’s top award-winning motion picture music editors, Robert is honored and humbled by his collaboration with Amuka, Sarah Naughton, Gina Volpe, and everyone who has contributed their time and talent to this project.  He is looking forward to what the future has in store, especially the release of the full length Grapefruit Sound Lab album Eight Days Across America on vinyl.

Sarah Naughton – BIO (Dum Dum Gun & A Song About Freedom vocalist)

Sarah Naughton is a singer, actor, writer, and an Earphones-award-winning audiobook narrator. As an actor, Sarah has performed in many of New York’s most illustrious venues, Lincoln Center (Romeo and Juliet), Roundabout Theater Company (Diamond Alice) and Second Stage (Saturday Night). She’s also half of the musical comedy duo Jake and Sarah Present. Their political satire cabaret, Javanka, recently wrapped its east coast tour. Sarah holds a BFA from NYU Tisch and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.