Announces Debut Album Jardín
Out January 27th On Stones Throw Records
Shares “Sour Mango”
Photo Credit: Joe Hollier
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“The perfect blend of tenderness and vulnerability … fuses neo-soul, pop, and funk seamlessly” – Complex
“…an impressionist, psychedelic, saturated vibe” – SPIN
“Halfway between James Blake and D’Angelo” – VICE’s Noisey
Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano announces his debut album Jardín set for release January 27th on Stones Throw Records. The first song “Sour Mango,” is available today on all digital retailers. Highlighted by a hypnotic blend of hard-hitting drums, ethereal strings, and impressionist piano chords, the track shows how his formidable skills have come to fruition.
Garzón-Montano’s music career was already in full swing when he experienced what’s known in the rap world as “the Drake Effect.” He had released his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila to critical acclaim and was on tour with Lenny Kravitz when the news came through. “To me, that was never going to be an intersection,” Garzón-Montano said of having his song “6 8” sampled on Drake’s “Jungle.”
While 2014’s Bishouné arose out of songs made in that fraught time right after college, years full of fear and uncertainty, the ten soulful stunners that comprise Jardín took longer to bloom but come from an assured state of mind. Written over the course of three years, “the album came out of wanting to make music that reminds people how beautiful life is and how delicate their heart is,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to make music that is healing, comforting, and funky. I named the album Jardín [garden] hoping for it to create a space for healing when people put it on.” Paying tribute to his French and Colombian origins, the album title is spelled interchangeably in either French or Spanish. “A garden is full of life, growth and beauty,” Gabriel said of choosing that unifying image as the title for his new album.
“Sour Mango” was originally recorded during the Bishouné sessions, but it didn’t sound right so Gabriel shelved it. As he began working on Jardín, he returned to the song and re-recorded the majority of it, replacing the programmed elements of the beat with live drums, percussion and strings.
It’s this level of quality control and attention to detail that sets Gabriel apart and positions him to be one of 2017’s biggest breakout talents.
Listen/Share: “Sour Mango”