Multi-talented artist, Gabriel Garzón-Montano continues to make a name for himself far and wide. Taking a short detour from his tour, the Brooklyn representer visited NPR Music's Tiny Desk to perform songs from his debut album, Bishouné: Alma Del Huila, and his latest feast for the ears, Jardin. Tiny Desk Concerts are usually threadbare affairs, with performers utilizing only a corner space of the NPR offices. Tiny isn’t just a euphemism. However, the singer took it a step further. Eschewing his multi-layered production, Gabriel performed with just a piano, his voice and his wits. The singer even appears without his bleach blond locs or David Bowie-lite eye makeup. Going bare bones, the artist delivers a hauntingly visceral experience for his already deeply personal and poetic songs.
The performance begins softly enough with Gabriel singing his latest single, “Balloon.” He then segues into “Long Ears" utilizing more of his amazing vocal range. Next up is the song that put him on the map, "6 8," which Drake sampled for his song “Jungle.” It's only fitting that a song that asks his lover to treat him like a baby would lead into a ditty about a girl “crawling around on me,” his slick way of referring to cheating, ending the show with “Crawl.”
While it would have been nice to hear the stories behind the music, Gabriel's performance more than speaks for itself. If you’d like to get the full blown experience of this amazing Bounce-Worthy artist, you can pay his website a visit for upcoming tour dates, and pick up his albums. For now, get into the musical stylings of Mr. Garzón-Montano on the latest edition of the Tiny Desk Concert series.