Chamber music with an indie singer/songwriter slant is how I’d describe Joel Gabrielsson in a simple sentence. The piano, acoustic guitar and haunting string arrangements all come together with Joel’s soft voice to make the Swedish artist shine in the darkest of places. He was raised in Asia and learned music there before returning to Europe. Joel previous released ambient and electronica music under the name Flyinglow but with this new venture, he is all in.
His debut EP ‘Citadel’ is due for release on the 12th of March. The lead single is ‘Morning Light’ which balances a coy sadness and beauty perfectly. You can tell Joel Gabrielsson has played with ambient before in the way the strings flicker around the song and the mix too. It is a promising opening gambit and I’m intrigued to see where Joel takes it with his EP. Fans of Douglas Dare’s most recent album ‘Milkteeth’ will absolutely love this.
Enjoy the music video for ‘Morning Light’ below. The theme of the song is brevity. ‘It’s heavy-hearted and melancholic but doesn’t lose sight of hope’. That’s what Joel says about the piece and I agree wholeheartedly.
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