Visually stimulating and ridden with funk-grooves that propels a listener to move alongside the R&B vibes, Gabriel Garzón-Montano relinquishes his first waves of 2018 with “Golden Wings.” The Brooklyn artist made his presence known fully on the 2017 album, Jardín, which not only portrayed the artist’s incredible songwriting ability but the stylistic origins of his influences and environment. Montano’s distinct construction and portrayal fits beautifully on Stones Throw Records as his latest release reminds us why we need his music.
“Golden Wings” welcomes the acapella croons of Montano, causing excitement and anxiety, simultaneously due to the 4 seconds of empty space. Graciously continuing, the track’s staccato drumming emphasizes the direct nature of the song as Montano’s opening lines are not to be overlooked: “Golden wings upon my feet, on clouds I dance / Orange sky and deep blue sea, in the palm of my hands.” Not limited to who is privileged to wear the golden wings, the track’s underlying message speaks on another level of belief, beyond the lines of hope, and glides with the track’s tempo. A feeling of weightless inspiration lives within the lines and offers the ideals of control within our own hands.
The short drum strokes conjure up this pocket of strength that flows easily from Montano’s silvery falsettos. Crunchy, muted bass lines peak in and out, while golden streaks of brass are sampled in delivery. Penned with a truthful heart, Montano doesn’t allow the weight of words to confine the spirit of the track but more so allow a liberating marriage between words and sounds. Sprinkled with signature Montano chimes that embodied Jardín, “Golden Wings” takes heed of these notes and creates a soulful pallet for listeners to add, take away, and enjoy.