Julius Gabriel
Tales from the Subterranean
Ana Ott
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1Time Riding 3:01
2Giovanni's Friend 5:01
3Footworks 6:37
4Westward at Sundown 1:53
5Transcending 3:39
6Lilith's Tune 1:05
7Long and Short 3:40
8The Twins 2:59
9Whirling 3:29
10Minor Thoughts 5:00
11Grace 2:17
12Hailing from the Mountains 4:21

Fifth solo album from saxophonist Julius Gabriel. Born out of new sounds and rhythms that the musician discovered during the pandemic, “Tales From The Subterranean” embodies a blend of primal energy and inventive exploration across twelve tracks. The opener “Time Riding” sets the mood, a tearing rhythm that sounds like a frenetic tap dance. It invites you to move and when you get to “Footworks” you are all set up, merging saxophone finger percussion with a continuous siren whisper emanating from the instrument, provoking euphoria, fear and satisfaction all at once. Moving on, you start to understand the sense of discovery behind the record and the needs Julius had, like to construct a saxophone with drone capabilities and closer to an idea of natural sound. “Hailing From The Mountains” has a meditative tone; “Westward At Sundown” feels like a ballad. Born from darkness yet radiating with newfound light, “Tales from the Subterranean“ stands as a testament to the resilience of artistic expression. It is primal music.

All music composed and performed by Julius Gabriel on electroacoustic tenor saxophone and twin soprano saxophone.