Singer/songwriter K.Avett has been on an incessant grind since landing on the Neo Soul Cafe’s radar. She has been putting in work performing, creating and prepping for her latest project
KAvette’s “The Matter (What Are We Here For?)” is the first single from K.Avett’s untitled sophomore album, which is to be released sometime this spring. “The Matter (What Are We Here For?)” is poised to celebrate Black Girl Magic and Black Boy Joy. The lyrics are a needed dose of encouragement connected to a smooth track. Easy listening with a great message. Check out “The Matter (What Are We Here For?)” Enjoy!Read More
On his debut LP Jardin, Gabriel Garzón-Montano sings of the struggles and uncertainties of living in America today, and the universal challenges of love.
A Brooklyn-born and raised child of immigrant parents, Gabriel’s aesthetic is an extension of his French-Colombian heritage. His influence is a pastiche of Bach sonatas, Cumbia records, and the machine gun funk that echoes up and down Nostrand Ave. His mother, a member of the Philip Glass ensemble in the 1990s, instilled within him a painstaking attention to detail that remains a hallmark of his process. “She is the reason that I love music,” he says. Her rigorous classical instruction formed the foundation on which he honed his skills over the years in the lab, copping Stevie’s changes, studying Prince’s lyrics, and absorbing the beat theses of Timbaland, Dilla, and Pete Rock.
Jardín comes on the heels of three intense years of touring, writing and recording. Soon after the 2014 release of his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, Gabriel was invited out on the road by rock legend Lenny Kravitz, as direct support concerts across Europe. The day after playing Wembley Arena, he received a call notifying him that his song “6 8” would be sampled by Drake on his full-length If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late. The months following these cosigns Garzón-Montano was featured on back-to-back tours with English indie-rockers Glass Animals and Stones Throw label mate Mayer Hawthorne.
He recorded Jardín with his mentor, analog guru Henry Hirsch, at Waterfront Studios in Hudson, NY in 2016. Gabriel tracked drums, bass, guitar, piano, and synthesizers direct to 2-inch tape, adding percussion, digital programming, and several layers of his own vocals to create a lush sonic environment that recalls a contemporary, streetwise Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants. “I wanted to make music that would remind people how beautiful life is – how delicate their hearts are,” says Garzón-Montano. “A garden is full of life, and growth, and beauty. I named the album Jardín hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on. I’ve always wanted to make music that is healing, comforting, and funky.”
Fans of Bishouné will find familiar ground in the organic sounds and impressionist narratives of Jardín: the Moog-heavy “Fruitflies” reads as a lyrical epilogue to “Keep on Running,” while “The Game” brings the folkloric percussion of “Me Alone” home from Cartagena to Crown Heights. The enduring choruses of “Sour Mango,” “Crawl,” and “My Balloon” exhibit a melodic and compositional craftsmanship reminiscent of the fan favorite “Everything is Everything,” confirming Garzón-Montano’s innate pop sensibilities, and his knack for fusing a wide range of classic influences and cutting-edge ideas to create a sound all his own.
2/2: Los Angeles, CA @ Amoeba (In-Store)
2/3: Long Beach, CA @ Fingerprints (In-Store)
2/15: Berlin, Germany @ Kantine am Berghain
2/18: Paris, France @ La Bellevilloise
2/19: Brussels, Belgium @ AB Club
2/20: Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Bitterzoet
2/22: London, United Kingdom @ Jazz Café
2/24: Dublin, Ireland @ The Workmans Club
2/25: Cardiff, Wales @ Wales Millennium Centre (Jazz Club)
Vinyl & CD: www.stonesthrow.com/store/album/gab…montano+/jardin
As if we need another reason to love Ellen. Who Knew that the one and only Anderson Paak is one of Ellen’s favorite artists. Anderson Paak along with the Free Nationals and his son performed his hit Am I Wrong from the CD Malibu for Ellen on her Birthday! The studio audience was electrified by the performance not a person was unmoved. Check out the performance and watch his son move the crowd! Enjoy!Read More