Layered mellow tones, interwoven melodies, and atmosphere. Instrumentals that feel like songs as opposed to random blips and beeps that go nowhere. This album will take you places... Imagine Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd meeting Vangelis and Jun Miyake in a room filled with instruments and being asked to write library music that will bring the listener to tears. Powerful and moving.
Favorite track: Placeholder Areas.
Gabriel S. Schray is a producer and musician living stateside in Akron, Ohio, a city of 200,000 people. He’s been making and putting out music for years, though save for an LP on Bark & Hiss in 2012, most of his work has been self-released. For his latest album he’s partnered with Last Resort, a brand new London-based label born from the NTS Radio show of the same name.
'Gabriel' is a sunny, mellow record, rich with light and emotion. None of its eight tracks are easily confined to any one genre, floating somewhere between ambient, new age and whatever style or sound you’d ascribe to The Durutti Column or Talk Talk. On a more modern tip, think Suzanne Kraft or Lord Of The Isles (minus the kick drums). Schray played all the various instruments himself, whittling down the final versions from their lengthy original recordings. The whole thing took him more than a year to complete—a labour of love assembled organically and with feeling.
released February 10, 2017
Mastered by Rupert Clerveaux, cut by Beau Thomas at Ten Eight Seven
Pressed at Optimal on 180g vinyl
All instruments played by Gabriel Schray with exception of:
Kit Freund - Piano - All Featureless Corridors
Stephen Clements - Rhodes Piano - The Unused Detail
Jason Wills - Upright Bass - The Unused Detail
Stephen Clements - Percussion - Duskers, After Dark
Artwork by Justin Campbell and K. Freund.
Recorded and mixed with generous assistance from Ben Vehron.
Before this, I was only familiar with Kraft from Horoscope (which was house music, and got a good score from Resident Advisor). Turns out, like Four Tet, Kraft had a love for new age records too--except instead of just spinning them, Kraft made an ambient album influenced by them, mall muzak, and possibly even vaporwave. World of Echo