after exploring the realms of towering, majestic r&b on last year’s bone weary, gabriel brenner is set to take a more explicitly introspective angle on his upcoming extended play. throughout absent, just dust, brenner explores his native identity, how familial traumas intertwine with a larger tendency to erase native experiences from the historical narrative.
that concept of erasure seeps into the fibers of “silhouette,” brenner’s latest offering under his pastel moniker. even after an initial murky sample dissipates, brenner’s lead vocal is still submissive to the surrounding textures, echoing in a haze amidst the swelling synths, distant percussion, and controlled feedback that populate the track.
“silhouette” proves aching in more ways than one; a repeated thesis gives way to a fragmented narrative, its lack of resolution a heartbreaking nod to brenner’s overall examination of loss. it’s the type of track with a gravity that lingers, especially after repeated listens in solitude.
absent, just dust arrives august 25th. hear “silhouette,” the extended play’s centerpiece, below.