credit: Keegan Grandbois
Urban pastorals unfold in the music of Gabriel Birnbaum, the multi-instrumentalist, singer and writer behind the songs of Brooklyn’s Wilder Maker, either “an indie gem” or a “cracked Americana combo,” depending if you trust NPR or Pitchfork. The band’s songs keenly observe landscapes of desire and abandon, filled with colorful characters and street revelations, in a musical setting as boldly diverse as their NYC home base. Birnbaum’s songs find expression through longtime collaborators Katie Von Schleicher, who releases her own mesmerizing solo work, on keyboards and vocals; Sean Mullins (Kevin Garrett) on drums; and Nick Jost (Baroness) on bass. Their "New Streets" 7" was released summer 2017 as a part of Saddle Creek's Document series, and a full length LP is forthcoming summer 2018 on Northern Spy Records.
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