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Cipher

by Gabriel Tavares

Shades of literary trance-folk sketched with droney guitar tabla and painterly lyrics.
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
You tried to teach me
How to bend my lips around the sound of \"o\" mit umlout
Before you slipped my finger into a silver ring.

I felt hope rushing over
The rocks of Buttermilk Falls

The cool moon glinting
In Ripples around your ankles,
Plopped in the cold north sea.

Late one night walking home
From the Lünen Gymnasium
You moved to take my
Nervous elbow, but somehow
Our hands touched, our moist
Fingers laced.



About Gabe Tavares [of THE THiNS]
In 2001--Guitarist/ vocalist Gabriel Tavares was quietly listened. Tavares prepared a hybrid of darker musical strains under the title "Cipher." With this, his debut solo recording, Tavares limns that part of the mind veiled beyond the grasp of pure reason where shadowy memories and painterly images circle, endlessly informing every tick and gesture of what we are. "Cipher" is a tale of curiosity and the humbling discovery of a shifting nether world, alternately imbued with eerie grace and awesome surges of the mindless and the faux. It is a homemade legend of crudely rendered symbols gathered along a labyrinthine walk in the dark.

2004--a second recording entitled “Postcard Angels” was made with an uglier and punkier feel and a tighter and more aggressive trio called The THiNS featuring Brian Dudla [Plastic Nebraska] on drums and AJ Strauss [The Sutras] on upright bass. Support on the road for this recording has been mostly solo with performed loop arrangements (very enthusiastically received at CBGBs) and briefly an adapted moniker—The Gabriel Tavares THiNS Sensations. Tavares longs for Full-blown trio performances which have thus far made only Ithaca, NY home—yet to rave reviews, nearly covering all production costs with regular shows during and after the recording process, working much of the material from “Cipher” into the set and culminating in a smash Grass Roots Festival show. Writing credits go to AJ on the fifth track “Pouring Out,” a favorite among home fans, yet there was so much collaboration on all material that really THiNS arranging and rehearsal often blurred into co-writing. Tavares says this about "Cipher"-- I was inspired to record a solo CD when my friend, Sri Priya Sundararajan started bringing me to the SPICMICAY concert series where I had the pleasure of hearing world class Indian musicians including Shashank, Zakir Hussain, and Umjad Ali Khan. I envisioned a hybrid of this style and the droney qualities I loved in the music of Ali Farke Toure and John Lee Hooker. In support of this work I’ve shared the stage with legendary musicians such as John Specker, Richie Stearns, The Sim Redmond Band, Boy With A Fish (former members of The Horseflies), Kevin Kinsella of John Brown’s Body, and Uniit Carruyo, in venues across the northeast from Neitzche’s in Buffalo to Pete’s Candy Store, The Livingroom, CBGBs and the Lion’s Den In NYC to The Charles Playhouse Lounge and The Burren in Boston. Other Recordings where you can hear my guitar work include Stories of Happiness, The Proudest Animal, His Head Is A House and the self titled “blue record” by Plastic Nebraksa, and the critically acclaimed Sing Desire by Jennie Stearns, Black Castle, by Eliot Martin of John Brown’s Body and August by Rose Polenzani. Here--a review by Nate Silas Richardson of John Brown's Body: The music on this disc is a testament to the creative potential of an individual brave enough to explore his inner muse without shying away from any aspect of it. No, there is nothing shy about this disc at all. The urgent lyrics evoke images of the natural world using poetry that is like a modern form of haiku. Brilliant Tabla playing by Steven Curtis and traditional south Indian vocals by Sri Priya Sundararajan on several tracks fit perfectly into Gabe's harmonic sphere. Sim Redmond and Uniit Carruyo also lend their talents to this project to brilliant effect. All this is rounded out by a few tracks with thundering drum and bass work by the team of Matt Saccuccimorano and Brian Dozoretz. Then there is the guitar work, which of course is not very much like anything you've heard before. Gabe's single acoustic guitar has the power of Jimmy Page's famous (and usually electric) "guitar army" sound. There is a drone and there is a melody- sometimes stabbing into the sky and others strolling through the hills and valleys of a few of the more gentle numbers. Given it's timelessness and intensity I think this music might stay with us for a long time to come... [ If you Like ~The Modern Lovers, David Byrne, Buddy Holley and the Crickets, Jimi Hendrix, The Red House Painters, Niel Young, The Flower Pornos, Smashing Pumpkins, The Ramones, The Johnny Dowd Band, Dora Flood, The Red Devils, Led Zeplin, The Beatles, Rage Against the Machine and anything by Uniit. ~ please listen to Gabe Tavares!]


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John Nolan from New York City

Gabriel Tavares debut Album is FANTASTIC!
My girlfriend and I first heard Gabriel Tavares by "accident" when he followed a good friend of mine at a popular NYC East Village Music Venue (The Living Room). There was something about the way that he was "warming-up" before his set that made us want to hang out and catch his act and we are so happy that we did! Gabriel has one of the freshest sounds we have heard in a very long time. If you close your eyes, you just can't believe that he is a solo guitarist. There are times when it seems like there are as many as three guitarists playing at once - all in this amazing sychronization that is perfectly complemented by the tabla playing of his rythm support (I'm not 100% sure if Steven Curtis is the gentleman we heard play live, but if the person playing tabla on the album and the person who was supporting Garbriel on his NYC gig are two different people - then they are both AMAZING tabla players!) . His haunting voice and lyrics will imprint on your mind and you'll find your self humming for days. I can't say enough about him, you really need to hear his music. The CD is wonderful and will only fuel your need to hear him play live. Everyone who I have played his CD for has been very impressed and agree that he has a positive, "different", and very addictive sound. We wish Gabriel the best of success and hope he continues to make this wonderful creative music. Take a listen to this CD and I am sure it will be making itself at home in your CD carousel for a long time!

ithaca times

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author: Ithaca Times
"There's nothing to decode about the quality of Gabriel Tavares' new album "Cipher." The album is packed with poetic lyrics and a diverse range of musical instruments. From mbira to xylorimba, Tavares delivers his sincerely bold messages with the help of several talented musicians. "Whether it's the soft vocals of Uniit on tracks like "Loom" or Judy Hyman's soothing string arrangements on "Apple," "Cipher" is the kind of album that begs to be played on a sunny Ithaca day. "Tavares' personal and powerful lyrics of unification, dissolution, and childhood memories saturate the air with strong feeling. Although Tavares features many instruments, listeners should be sure to catch his renowned guitar work on songs like "Sleepwalk." "Sim Redmond, among others, makes an appearance on this solid solo album that proves Tavares is as a gifted guitarist on his own as in Plastic Nebraska."

Ithaca Times


"There's nothing to decode about the quality of Gabriel Tavares' new album "Cipher." The album is packed with poetic lyrics and a diverse range of musical instruments. From mbira to xylorimba, Tavares delivers his sincerely bold messages with the help of several talented musicians.
"Whether it's the soft vocals of Unit on tracks like "Loom" or Judy Hyman's soothing string arrangements on "Apple," "Cipher" is the kind of album that begs to be played on a sunny Ithaca day.
"Tavares' personal and powerful lyrics of unification, dissolution, and childhood memories saturate the air with strong feeling. Although Tavares features many instruments, listeners should be sure to catch his renowned guitar work on songs like "Sleepwalk."
"Sim Redmond, among others, makes an appearance on this solid solo album that proves Tavares is as a gifted guitarist on his own as in Plastic Nebraska."