Photo by Matthew Scott
All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights artists performing at SXSW 2017.
In the span of a few months, New York’s Gabriel Garzón-Montano went from quietly releasing his debut EP to opening for Lenny Kravitz and being sampled on a Drake song. But Garzón-Montano’s music seems at odds with this arena-sized mega-stardom. Instead, his particular star smolders.
On his first full-length, this year’s Jardín, Garzón-Montano is wrapped up in the bedroom, both sonically and thematically. The songs are incredibly intimate, built around sparse synth-and-drum architecture and his airy, Prince-meets-John Lennon voice. A track like “Crawl” practically, well, crawls across the room, not so much romantic as hitting a vibe of romantic and sexual desperation. It’s easy to hear why Garzón-Montano is picking up star-studded cred left and right, but his brand of interior funk is more personal and rewarding than a red carpet roll out.
“Crawl” appears on Jardín, out now.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX
Gabriel Garzón-Montano at SXSW 2017:
Wednesday, Mar 15 – KUTX Live at the Four Seasons – 7 a.m.
Wednesday, Mar 15 – Waterloo Records (day party) – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar 15 – Elysium (official SXSW showcase) – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Mar 16 – Space 24 Twenty (day party) – 2 p.m.
Friday, Mar 17 – 1621 E. 6th St. (day party) – 1:45 p.m.
Friday, Mar 17 – Antone’s (official SXSW showcase) – 3:45 p.m.
Friday, Mar 17 – Lucille (official SXSW showcase) – 12 a.m.
Saturday, Mar 18 – The Main (official SXSW showcase)