Gabriel and Dresden Gabriel and Dresden Review

Album. Released 2006.  

BBC Review

With this impressive debut and a number of high profile awards already to their name...

Lewis Dene 2006

The seeds that the San Francisco-based production duo sowed several years ago are now starting to flourish, as listeners to this solidly constructed eponymous debut, will attest.

Built upon a foundation of contemporary studio gadgets, trusty Moog and Roland synths and a brace of vocalists, Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden have, in the main, created a high-octane opus of electronica. A blend of vintage guitars, electric bass and tech-etched beats drives the majority of the project with "Sydney", a throbbing instrumental, and the ethereal Molly Bancroft-sung "Tracking Treasure Down", two of the best.

Owing much to the styling of Sarah McLachlan, Atlanta-based Bancroft appears on a quartet of tracks, including the first single, "Tracking Treasure Down". As does Londoner Jan Burton best known for his work with Syntax a few years back whose nonchalant delivery sounds more at one with the production, not least on tracks like "Enemy" and "Dangerous Power" which has a distinct David Sylvian twang to it.

With a number of high profile awards already to their name, and having just remixed the Oscar winning theme song from Brokeback Mountain, G&D could soon find themselves the haut couture of club culture.

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