When you hear the name Gabrielle, you immediately think eye patch, dodgy voice, sounds kind of like she has a frog in her throat and did that deadly track with everyone’s favourite 90s mad-nut boy band, East 17.
Well at long last we have a new Gabrielle, a much, much better one with two perfectly normal eyes… Allow me to introduce you to Gabrielle Aplin.
For the past three years, the baby-faced 19-year-old from Somerset in England has been charming her way in to the limelight and has done so with a helping hand from none other than that band that we used to know, Gotye.
Aplin first came to the public’s attention when her covers of Paramore’s Heart and You Me at Six’s The Liar and the Lighter went somewhat viral throughout the YouTube music community. Gabrielle first recorded a version of The Liar and the Lighter when she was just 13, and then re-recorded it four years later for her debut EP, Acoustic EP.
It’s a little bit hard to completely describe Gabrielle’s sound, but me being me, I have to try. Think of her as Kate Nash without the naff cockney accent, now take her back a few years and cover her in sugar, the low fat stuff like Candarel or something.
Now think of that sweet, dainty little English girl singing songs, written by herself, which sound like they have been penned by someone well beyond her mere 19 years; songs which sound like the kind of poppy melodic indie songs we should expect from Ellie Goulding, Laura Marling, Emeli Sande and Noah and the Whale. Now make her completely adorable, cute and sincere, stick an acoustic guitar in her hand or sit her in front of a piano, stick a flower in her hair and there you have it, Gabrielle Aplin.
There is something really nice about Gabrielle’s story. She has paved her own way. In an age of X-Voices and Talent Factors, or whatever, there is something very heart-warming about a young girl just putting herself out there and landing a record deal on her own terms.
Gabriele released her first full EP, Home in January of this year, and upon its release, dollar signs flew in to the eyes of several record label executives and a mini bidding war was quickly underway. Home peaked at No 5 on the iTunes album chart. At one stage Gabrielle was sitting pretty above Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga, not bad for an independent release eh?
So just like Gabrielle, the bidding war was short and sweet, and the winning label was Parlophone. Gabrielle is currently recording her debut album with Mike Spencer, who has most recently produced for Rizzle Kicks and Emeli Sande.
I really don’t know what to expect on this album, her sound is dainty and acoustic, but her self-confessed love for cheesy 80s pop, her fondness for artists well beyond her years, and Mike Spencer’s expertise could help produce one of the most uniquely sounding albums of next year. This girl is destined for big things, keep your eyes on her… Ah sure how could you take them off her, she’s so frickin’ cute!
Twitter – @gabrielleaplin