Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Jardín
“Trial” [1:53] is an incredible tone-setter for Jardín. If you’re unfamiliar with the past creations of Gabriel Garzón-Montano, his initial release on this track is a rather subjective ride. You may even be caught off guard with the short runtime — but only because you want to hear more. It’s an effective preview.
“Sour Mango” [4:19] begins at a much higher level of consciousness. Contrasting the atmospheric nature of “Trial”, “Sour Mango” takes an almost seasonal beat only to inject it with pop hooks and sensibility. The climbing through the “ah / ah ah” melody run still sticks with me.
“Fruitflies” [5:30] is a story being told along a long walk back home. Had a music video been shot for this track, I’d imagine a dimly lit street, introspection, jeans, and a dark jacket. It’s fascinating how well Garzón-Montano finds his way into your head.
“The Game” [4:11] only speaks deeper to the adaptability of Gabriel. If “Sour Mango” wasn’t melodic enough, “The Game” will take it to another level. Finding a cohesive story becomes difficult, but enjoying the track comes easy.
“Crawl” [3:50] has picked up the second most traction on Jardín. This one is bound to get you dancing. Or doing other things.
“Cantiga” [3:12] is a major slow down from the entire album to this point. Perhaps its the percussive elements — but the result is a dreamy return to the introspection found in “Fruitflies”. The final half-minute couldn’t get any more chill.
“Lullaby” [2:31] is more than Garzón-Montano showing off. Throwing in the piano, the blend of the choir feeds into an honestly gorgeous close to the album.
Deservingly a 4/5.