5:19 pm - May 10, 2017 Posted by hicksont
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.
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GRAMMY nominated recording artist, Carolyn Malachi, has drooped a gem from her pending CD due out 12.6.16 The track is entitled Introduction: I Wish and it is dope. In the song Carolyn sings of her wishes. The song is so good that you’ll find yourself on the same page as Ms Malachi quickly. The only negative thing I have to say about this song is that it’s too short! I’m sure that ths track is a testament to how dope the album will be.
Carolyn will be having an Album Release show on 12.15.16 performing in the Carolina’s Crown! 310 S Greene St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Get Tickets for her album release party Click Here!
Then On 12.18.16, She will be In New York City at DROM located at 85 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009 Click Here For Tickets
Lastly on 12.30.16 Carolyn Malachi finds her way to D.C. where she will also host an album release concert at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2700 F St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20566 She will be performing on Performing on the Millennium Stage.
Her new album RISE [Story 1], will be available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify on December 16, 2016.
Until then check out her new track… Enjoy!
If You haven’t had the opportunity to see Mad Satta live here’s your chance to witness greatness. Of course there’s nothing on Earth like being there…but this video has to be the next best thing. Check out Fleeting from their CD Break Me Free and then Hands which is a treat in itself. Hands doesn’t appear on anything they’ve released. Can you say new music? Check out Mad Satta in their live performance at Daryl’s House. Enjoy!Read More