Robin Gabrielle – ‘Providence Serenade’
Review by Sylvie Marie & Staff
“Providence Serenade” opens with a fluctuating, ethereal synth that smoothly fades in as layers of harmony-rich vocal fills take turns chiming in, creating an alluring soundscape. Soon, a droning sub-bass enters the mix adding to the growing energy as the arrangement progresses.
The production from King Kemet and Alex K really picks up in the verses. First, with the drop of the beat, then with the addition of melodic accents from a horn section, a unique, jazz-inspired “big-band” feel is achieved. The combination of a hip-hop beat, skilled R&B lead vocals, and the jazzy influences of horns and background vocals make for a compelling record that you can't take your ears away from.
Robin drew inspiration from her hometown of Providence, RI and Tommy Dorsey’s “Manhattan Serenade” in hopes of drawing recognition to her city. Through the up-tempo, energetic groove, Robin tells the story of a night on the town and romance. Her pristine pop-R&B vocals, supported by tight vocal harmonies, sing the romantic lyrics.
“At the Providence Serenade/The statues sing a lullaby /And the wind blows each kiss away/ The Providence Serenade (Nowhere else I’d rather be) / Is the only place I’d rather be / Than with you holding me / At the Providence Serenade.”
This eclectic arrangement of modern hip-hop, R&B, and jazz merges magnificently. Robin has created something completely new, by borrowing from the past with a wave of sub-bass driven music with lush harmonic tendencies of the 50’s. You will be mesmerized from the first note to the last.
“Providence Serenade” is from Robin’s upcoming project titled “Something Different” - the album title beautifully describes Robin's music, and the independent music world can certainly use something different, and wonderful, to capture our interest.
About Robin Gabrielle
Robin Gabrielle is a singer–songwriter who knew she had an interest in music from the age of 5. She began writing music around the age of 11 and started playing the piano at the age of 14. Her inspiration comes from artists such as Aaliyah, Ella Fitzgerald, and Glenn Miller.
Robin recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business Management from Berklee College of Music with a focus in Vocal Performance. While she was attending Berklee, Robin began working on her first project entitled “Something Different” which is set to release in 2020.
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