In a career that spans three decades and an array of musical ventures, Pascal Gabriel has become an accomplished composer and producer. Known for producing and co-writing ‘Theme from S’Express’ (S’Express) and ‘Beat Dis’ (Bomb The Bass), Pascal has also collaborated with a variety of artists, from Wire and Can to Miss Kittin, Erasure and Goldfrapp, amongst many more, in the corners of the pop landscape. Stubbleman is his latest solo project, where his electronic ambient past re-emerges, paired with lo-fi found sounds, field recordings and modular synthesiser, and also live piano.
Under the new moniker, Pascal will release his debut record Mountains and Plains on April 26th though Crammed Discs. The album is inspired by a road trip across the US, “evok[ing] the poignant delights of endless train tracks, sleepless cities, nostalgic ruins, big skies, high deserts and lost junctions”, as the press release describes, “keeping at all times an affectionate eye for the humanity which populates these diverse landscapes.”
Ahead of the album’s release, Stubbleman has shared the first taste from it, the gentle and beautiful ‘Badlands Train’. It comes with a fitting visual accompaniment and you can watch it below.