Every once and a while you stumble upon an artist that you end up falling in love with. As I found myself growing increasingly stressed out finding a new apartment, going to school and balancing out my daily life, I stumbled on Gabriel Kahane by complete chance and I am so glad I did.
The Brooklyn gem has been making music for quite some time. When I first checked out The Ambassador, I noticed that all of the songs intriguingly included a mysterious address within the titles, for example “Veda (1 Pierce Dr.)”
The songs themselves are just as intriguing, nuanced and mysterious. Thought provoking lyrics like “So when I say that my untimely death was something certain, what I mean is that these tragedies are a kind of a family tradition,” accompany ethereal music creating a wonderful combination. The songs dictate different perspectives. That song in particular; portrayed through the lens of a young girl who was shot by a store keeper.
The tracks are as textured and complex as the buildings they’re based on, adding elements of jazz, folk and classic composition to intertwine the scenery. It’s like a displayed work of art at the MOMA, and I’m just a grubby, energetic kid getting stared down by security.
Kahane has 7 other recordings online including The Fiction Issue with Brooklyn Rider. The title track (Part 1., there’s 6 parts to the song) features Shara Wilson who records as My Brightest Diamond. Their voices accent each other perfectly.
As a person who pretty much worships punk bands like Superchunk I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Kahane’s music. Then again, I discovered Superchunk by chance too.