Gavin Preller has released debut LP, There Is Wonder, via Kramer’s Shimmy-Disc label and Joyful Noise Recordings. In celebration of the release, Preller has shares a new video for “Midnight.”
There Is Wonder, which represents the debut-album of 21-year-old Gavin Preller, was written and recorded between October 2020 and February 2021 in Albany, NY. Preller wrote, arranged, and performed every song from a basic basement setup in his parent’s home – except for drums on two tracks, which were recorded by Leor Manelis. The first six songs on the record were conceived quickly – written, recorded, and mixed within one week. Upon sending those tracks to iconic producer Kramer for mastering, Preller was unexpectedly signed to the Shimmy-Disc label and encouraged to expand the six songs into a full record. Preller spent the following months completing the album while living at home and working part-time. Preller is already at work on the next project and will be moving to New Paltz, NY, in July 2021.
There Is Wonder
Shimmy Disc/Joyful Noise Recordings
02. You Can Always Go
03. No Warden
09. Still Here
12. Anywhere, Anyplace
Gavin Preller on “Wonder:
“The lead single from There Is Wonder – ‘Midnight’ – is accompanied by a music video directed by Gavin Preller. Recorded in May 2021 on a 20-year-old Canon camcorder, the video features up-close, hypnotic footage of a fire set in Preller’s backyard. The raging flames and falling embers combined with the flowing acoustic guitar create for a trance-inducing experience, encapsulating a world-within-a-world in this mesmerizing video.”
Gavin Preller’s music has been compared to Will Oldham, Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake, and JeffBuckley. A native of Albany, NY, Preller began studying classical piano at the age of 3, later picking up guitar at ten years old. In 2019 he attended Berklee College of Music before dropping out after one year to live in an agricultural community in Southern France.
Back in the States in February, 2020, Preller took his backpack and acoustic guitar on a cross-country train to Portland, OR. He was living by himself in a used van, without a job, using a nearby Planet Fitness for showers, when Covid hit. That March, he sold the van and returned to his parents’ home in upstate, NY, to wait out the pandemic. Determined to make the most of it, Preller set up a primitive home recording studio in a basement bedroom and sang into a microphone for the first time in his life.