DISCLAIMER: I may be WAY late on the Gizmo hype, but isn’t the saying “better late than never”?
Last week, at our Solefull Soiree, my ears were blessed with the sweet sweet sounds of Gizmo. I didn’t know it at the time, but what I was actually swaying my hips to was the sound of an accomplished Berklee bassist and music director who has worked with musical genius such as Talib Kweli, Bilal and Lalah Hathaway by the tender age of 21.
All I knew was that I struck iTunes GOLD! The next day, I was all over the web searching for that man in the over-sized, black-rimmed glasses and stumbled over YouTube video after video of live enlightened music. I say “enlightened” because his blend of Jazz, Latin, Hip Hop, Rock and spoken word sum up to create a genre of soul I can’t quite place into one existing musical category.
As a soldier in the war to bring back good music, I saw it as my duty to educate the rest of TSL nation about this gem that dwells within our own city . Fortunately for us, his debut album Red Balloons dropped in October and offers us his first showcase as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. So, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll be searching “Gizmo” in your iTunes or Amazon search bar as soon as you finish watching the video below.
I strongly encourage you to check out www.GizmoSound.com and take the time to read the man’s bio. Not only is it crazy impressive, but his explanation of his inspiration for Red Balloon will make you appreciate the sound that much more.
If you’re hip and hopped on the Gizmo train ages ago, please feel free to share your thoughts, favorite songs, Gizmo trivia, etc in the comment section below. If this is your first time listening, thank me later.
” ‘Lift Me Up’ exemplifies Gizmo’s ability to condense his disparate influences into a soulful marvel of a gem. ‘The song is reflective of a place where most of us have been, in terms of questioning what decision to make and where we’re going to end up’. “ -Gizmo Bio, www.GizmoSound.com