A Paste Recommends artist and Starbucks-featured songwriter, Max Gabriel’s music is distinguished by startling lyrics, an unconventional voice, and cinematic textures. At once literary and highly accessible, his songwriting has been compared to that of Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, and early David Byrne.
His 2007 debut, on NY/Louisville indie sonaBLAST! Records, The Exile of Saint Christopher, was produced by Scott Healy, whose wide-ranging performing and recording credits include Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, BB King, Jackson Browne, and Branford Marsalis. Guests on the record included Bakithi Kumalo of Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” and folk-rock sensation Brett Dennen. Collaborating again, Gabriel and Healy have just released a three-tune EP in anticipation of Gabriel’s sophomore effort (early 2011 release). Those in attendance include legendary bassist Lee Sklar (The Doors, Leonard Cohen, Crosby, Stills and Nash) and Shawn Pelton (Bruce Springsteen, Shawn Colvin).
“You,” from the EP, was recently featured nationally on Fuse’s “Live From Bonnaroo 2010.” Max has played such prestigious festivals as Brooklyn’s Northside Festival (“A free-for-all celebration of New York’s best independent musicians, filmmakers, and artists,” says the NY Times), CMJ, and Washingon’s Strawberry Festival.