In the end, really good music always comes to the fore. When UK indie pop outfit Gabriel’s Dawn’s self-titled debut album came out last May, we pushed it aside too quickly. But now the temperature is higher, the sun is shining brighter, and the windows and doors are wide open, these ten songs suddenly sound perfect and indispensable. The band members – Gudg (vocals), Fran (bass), Leon (guitar) and Stuart (keys) – share a love for melodic pop, jangly guitars and classic songwriting, and that’s exactly what you’ll hear here, although I must also emphasize the beautiful angelic vocals. The band is reportedly named after Peter Gabriel and Genesis’ Hidden in The World of Dawn, but musical references are more likely The Bangles, Alvvays and Jeanines. Opening track Loose Canyon pays tribute to the Laurel Canyon music scene that influenced them so much (“I want to be part of a movement // Subculture, self-improvement”), and maybe they’d rather be there than in the Midlands (“England is drowning in dark anxiety”), but this shows once again that dreams can lead to beautiful things. In this case to an LP that you can leave on repeat this hot summer.
Gabriel’s Dawn is out now digitally, on CD, and on vinyl LP with alternative artwork (self-released). Add to wantlist: Bandcamp