Take an ambient road trip with Stubbleman, the alter ego of maverick composer and producer Pascal Gabriel, who creates a cinematic soundscape using a mix of live and electronic instruments.
Stubbleman’s panoramic debut album, Mountains and Plains, is inspired by a journey across the USA, during which Gabriel recorded sounds and ideas to be used as a basis for the album.
Mixing found sounds, modular synthesizers, live piano, bass, and self-made automats and drones, Gabriel’s latest project sees a return to his electronic and ambient roots.
Gabriel's musical career began in 1970s punk band The Razors, on to the sample heavy S'Express and Bomb the Bass of the 1980s, then to writing and producing for artists such as Kylie Minogue, Dido, Ladyhawke, Bebel Gilberto and many more.
To complement his music, Stubbleman also creates filmic visuals symbolizing movement and travel. A different piece is shown with each track to tell a whole, multi-media story. These visuals are mirrored in his album artwork and online aesthetic. Each different dimension of art and engineering are combined in a complete, Stubbleman package.
It’s a beautifully crafted work that fits Eno’s definition of ambient being ‘as ignorable as it is interesting’ ****