Sixteen-year-old Gab Strum is somewhat of an underground music prodigy.
Underground meaning nobody really knows of him or his identity and his music is still a little unknown to most out there – which is always a good thing in my books. I love that little air of mystery.
‘Breathe In’ is his first original release and features a beautiful vocal performance from Brisbane singer Wafia.
Digging deeper into my research on the Year 10 student, the kid can play 9 instruments, has garnered the attention of fellow indie artists Gotye and Chet Faker; and remixed some of the world’s biggest acts, included The XX.
Under the moniker, Japanese Wallpaper, Strum makes melancholic pop-infused musical dreams, which is shown in abundance within ‘Breathe In’, as lingering guitars lead us into the track and tangles around us with emotional vocals from Wafia, against subtle beats.
Each rich layer of the track reveals a different texture of complimentary tones that makes you want to listen to the song over and over and over again.