Gallant - Ology 2LP
Warner Bros. Records
The push-and-pull that drives Gallant's music is like a pendulum swinging back and forth between genres and influences. His combination of muscular vocal acrobatics and sonic unpredictability has attracted universal tastemaker praise and a growing fan base. Complex championed the Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter as "The R&B game changer," LA Times claimed, "Precise writing of Frank Ocean, big vocal runs of Sam Smith," and NME predicted, "the voice that will redefine R&B," while Entertainment Weekly, The Fader, Billboard, and more have shown support. Sir Elton John summed it up best saying, "Gallant is gonna be huge."
Gallant has been on this pursuit since junior high. Growing up in Columbia, MD, he began tinkering on his computer and making songs after school inspired by everything from nineties R&B to classic jazz and blues. Rather than write in a journal, the music collated his feelings and emotions. He'd rarely share it with friends though. While attending NYU, he enrolled in summer school, so he could graduate early. Post-graduation and countless hours of meticulous practice later, he was finally ready to share his songs to the world at large.
His first online release "If It Hurts" would establish him in the blogosphere, while 2014's Zebra EP landed him on Spotify's viral charts and at the top of HypeM. Signing to Mind of a Genius in 2015 and relocating to L.A., he dove into creating what would become Ology with co-producers such as Stint. The first single "Weight In Gold" enjoyed its world premiere on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio show as the introductory entry in the coveted "World's First" segment. In less than six months, it accumulated over 6.5 million Spotify streams. As Gallant continues on his search, he leaves a message on the path. "If people can hear I'm not doing this to feed any ego or serve someone else, that's all I want," he leaves off. "I'm trying to create a photo album I can look back on to see where I've overcome challenges. I'm using music as a means of self-discovery. If my songs help somebody do the same thing or realize art can help us improve ourselves, I'd be honored."
2. Talking to Myself
5. Bone + Tissue
6. Oh, Universe
7. Weight in Gold
2. Open Up
3. Skipping Stones (feat. Jhené Aiko)
6. Weight in Gold (Brasstracks Remix)