July 21, 2012
Gabriel Bruce - 'Dark Lights Shine Loud/A Brief And Selfish Lover' EP
The sound of a guy that is filthily tormented
7 / 10
According to George Orwell, every one of us will be lumbered with the face we deserve by the time we’re 50. Half a century of clean living will bless you with a delightful visage, but years of debauchery will hideously scar you. So, over the next few decades, expect Gabriel Bruce’s chiselled cheekbones to sag, because beneath his Dorian Gray dapperness lurks a misanthropic beast, and seediness leaks out of every pore of ‘Dark Lights Shine Loud’. There’s the reference to “incestuous sheets”. There’s his underworld baritone, which crackles as he whispers, “One day we’ll all be dead, so let’s misbehave” on ‘Zoe’ with a Leonard Cohen-like glint in his eye. Also on that song – a grandiose, organ-led Nick Cave romp – he begs for mercy at the feet of a deity. But atoning for his numerous sins would take a whole load of Hail Marys, and we’re inclined to leave his soul tarnished if it makes him sound as filthily tormented as this.
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