GABRIEL KAHANE WILL BE YOUR NEW FAVORITE ARTIST

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 works in good company as St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver came together to help produce the album. There has even been live adaptations of The Ambassador. Seriously.

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.