Pin It

Album review: 'Go Outside' 

Liana Gabel

"Go Outside"


Rochester-area native Liana Gabel's latest album, "Go Outside" — written during a residency at the Sanctuary Arcata in California — is surprising. The music is more than just standard indie singer-songwriter fare. The exuberant Gabel sings about love gone awry, ecological preservation, and the nature of creativity, all while wasting no time in accentuating her unconventional strengths. On quirky tunes like album opener "Oh Ma," "folk, indie – Journey," and the title track, Gabel showcases her talent as a tap dancer. Idiosyncratic and intricate tap shoe rhythms warmly meld with minimal, chamber pop instrumentation.

The album's strongest songs are also its most stylistically refreshing. Elements of gospel, smooth jazz, and soul elevate "Fly Away" and "Magic Powers." With an earnest, soulful voice somewhere between languishing and liberated, Gabel variously channels singers like Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, and Rubblebucket's Kalmia Traver. Gabel's charm especially shines on "Do to you," in which she embodies water in an impassioned plea to humanity that is both sobering and funny. With plenty of authenticity and emotional vulnerability to spare, "Go Outside" seems designed to shorten the distance between people and affirm the life that unites us.

Gabel and her band will play an album release show with Ben Morey at South Wedge Mission on February 24.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Browse Listings

Submit an event

Music in a Time of Change: The Future of Classical Music in America @ Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall

Panel: Robert Freeman, Paul R. Judy, Robert Winter, ESM Assoc. Prof. of...

SUNY Geneseo Honors Recital @ Doty Recital Hall SUNY Geneseo

The SUNY Geneseo Department of Music present the winners of the 2018...
Stompbox @ House of Guitars

Stompbox @ House of Guitars

View all of today's events »

This Week's Issue

Cover Story:
Fall Guide 2018: Relishing the season
CITY's annual guide to the Fall season of art, theater, dance, drinks, film and music. read more ...

Tweets @RocCityNews

© 2018 City Newspaper.

Website powered by Foundation.