GABI has announced her debut release, Sympathy, out April 7th, 2015 via Software Recording Co, the label of Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never). In anticipation of her debut release, GABI shares a visual for the track “Fleece.” Watch the new visual below.
GABI is the project of New York composer and vocalist, Gabrielle Herbst. Herbst incorporates her classical music training to create a haunting experimental sound. Late last year, GABI revealed “Koo Koo,” a single produced by Lopatin alongside Paul Corley (0PN’s R + 7, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost).
Herbst began her formal training at an early age, studying Balinese dance and gamelan in Indonesia while learning both the clarinet and piano. She continued her training at Bard College where she studied voice and composition under the tutelage of Joan Tower, Zeena Parkins and Marina Rosenfeld. Her work has already been showcased at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, as well as Roulette, who commissioned and premiered her first opera, Bodiless, in 2014.
Herbst’s experience writing for chamber orchestra and mixed instrumentation inspired her to develop a repertoire of short-form, vocal-centric compositions under the name GABI. These were driven by solitary explorations in early 2013 with a dual-track loop pedal. The nine songs composed for Sympathy embrace the vast potential of the human voice as instrument, story, and landscape.
GABI was joined in the studio by long-time collaborators Matthew O’Koren (percussion), Rick Quantz (viola), Josh Henderson (violin), and Aaron Roche (electric guitar / trombone) to create Sympathy. With Lopatin and Corley continuing their production involvement, these open-ended sessions yielded a suite of compositions that capture Gabrielle’s metamorphosis into GABI via an intimate exploration along the edges of song-form.