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Gazel at Borderline

Gazel at Borderline

Having had the privilege of listening to some of Gazel’s 2016 “Bone Key” EP before the Borderline gig, it was great to see just how well the opening number “You’ll be Mine” transferred to a live setting. If anything more atmospheric and haunting than on the recording, the sparse vocals, keyboard washes and pounding drums reinforced the inventiveness of Gazel’s song-writing.

Gazel’s music is often ghostly and unhurried and she sings with feeling, building tension in the stories that she tells through her songs. Obviously drawing on Turkish folk music and tonality but mixed with swirling synths and a rock-solid rhythm section the music is a quite unique. The live band comprised keyboards, drums, bass and backing vocalist with Gazel on vocals and  violin with an occasional foray to keyboards and some sampled drum sounds. There was a guest appearance for a number of songs by the talented Nicholas Meier (Jeff Beck Group) who added some great licks too!

Gazel is currently working on a soon to be released album “Book of Souls”, many of the songs from which she played on the night. Each song is written from the perspective of a different character from the album’s story. One to look out for.

There was an large, enthusiastic and appreciative audience. After the last of the consistently strong ten song set, shouts for more brought Gazel back on to perform the eerie track “Underwater” as an encore.  Altogether an entertaining and unique live experience. Catch her if you can!


Chris Doe –

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