Gabriels may only have two EPs under his belt, but they are undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking groups to release music in 2021. Sporting the talents of a delightful gospel singer and a choir director Jacob Lusk and his two co-producers – the musician / artist of the classically trained soundtrack Ari Balouzia and director Ryan hope – Gabriels’ sublimely vintage soul and R&B craftsmanship inspired by eclectic modern experimentalism. Meeting both by chance and perhaps a bit of providence, Gabriels was formed when Hope and Balouzian met Lusk at a casting session, hoping to enlist his help in finding a choir for their film. . Lusk got the part, but the two producers contacted him afterward to discuss work on a new experimental project – eventually moving to Palm Desert to start working on songs.
Their recent release in Bloodlines accentuates their nascent sound, which the band spent five years perfecting after meeting in 2016. The four-song tracklist is a ground lesson on the spacious and sonorous ballads of the Gabriels, punctuated as they are by Herculean vocals and memorials of Lusk. But it was their first EP Love and hate in another era which first sparked the group’s resounding success. And we would expect nothing less from an EP whose title track Elton John called “one of the most successful records” of the past 10 years.
On each song, the trio behind Gabriels find themselves carrying a lightning rod of emotion, channeling it through the inseparable harmony of Lusk’s irresistible moans and their vanished melodies. But the album and title track also significantly intersects with Lusk’s own upbringing – especially his grandmother, who appears on the cover of the EP, and highlights for the singer the generational struggle against racism. led by the black community. This is also why in 2020, during a Black Lives Matter protest, Lusk spontaneously performed Billie Holiday’s anti-lynching song “Strange Fruit”.
So far, the dynamic trio have only performed once in Los Angeles Hall A Club Called Rhoda, giving a raw performance that has since left a void that can only be filled by their delighted music. Everything is about to change in 2022 with the group promising a slew of tour dates as they hit the road for the first time. If you’re looking to listen to some truly ecstatic soul and R&B, look no further than the nearest stops Gabriels will be making near you this year!
Gabriels will be on tour this spring with a date at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on March 16. Visit the Gabriels website, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on new releases and tour announcements. Follow the group on Spotify.