Whatever I write about “Tombs” or Agüita won’t do it any justice. For a comprehensive review, check out Albumism or FLOOD Magazine. I’m just acting as a scribe to my inner fangirl at the moment. I’m one track into the album and excited to hear what Gabriel Garzón-Montano has in store. What I can say about “Tombs” is that if you are a longtime listener of Garzón-Montano, it gives you everything you expect and some of what you don’t, and its beautiful.
“Tombs” certainly taps into what I expect and appreciate from Garzón-Montano’s arrangements. His raspy tone. The menacing piano chord progressions that make space for fanciful notes from string instruments. I am always fond of classical arrangements that make me feel like I am entering the opening sequence of something whimsical. Albeit in this case, it is actually the closing of something quite sorrowful. I also got another introduction into Garzón-Montano’s musical exploration. As “Tombs” ends, there seems to be an arrangement that could be considered audibly out of lock step. The opening track deviates course and ends with an electric guitar. Notwithstanding, I appreciated that it did – I was not so much taken aback as I was amused by Garzón-Montano’s production to get his point across.
For those of you who heard the first single, Agüita, you know Garzón-Montano is incorporating different sounds and genres into his musical arsenal. And for those who are trying to get some semblance of old Garzón-Montano, yeah, yeah there’s that, but there is something new. Something he is exploring and listeners should explore too. His tone and amazing production are ever present, whether manifested in reggaeton or r&b and soul.
Obviously, this track hyped me up for the album. It convinced me that Garzón-Montano’s journey through genres is a trip I would like to take. “Tombs” reminds me that Garzón-Montano is quite masterful. It reminds me of his well executed series of live streams on YouTube as well. Of the response he gave to a question on one of the streams regarding his art and making money – that his previous work was classified as “vibey” and that meant folks weren’t necessarily supportive of his work. So with that said, support Garzón-Montano. Buy the album. Buy more albums in general, and buy this album. I did and I’m only one track in.
You can learn more about Gabriel Garzón-Montano and purchase Agüita here.