For one year between October 2013-2014, Gabriel Rios posted a song a month on his website. They now form his fourth studio album, This Marauder’s Midnight.
Born in Puerto Rico, Rios moved to Belgium when he was 17 years old. Eight years later he released his first solo album Ghostboy with hit single ‘Broad Daylight’, followed by two more studio albums including Angelhead in 2007. Combining Latin, funk, electronic sounds and pop, his songs stormed the Flemish hit lists and he played all the big festivals. Now with his fourth album, This Marauder’s Midnight, Rios has reinvented his music, using just cello, bass, guitar and his voice.
Moving to New York City Rios was introduced to the world of Rockwood Music Hall, that little place on Allen Street where people go to find great music. The slightly daunting reality of all that talent and all those powerful songs became a motivation rather than a deterring force. One night he bumped into Ruben Samama, a musician who would eventually join Rios on double bass and go on to produce the record. After trying out several line-ups they asked his wife, cellist Amber Docters Van Leeuwen, to accompany them on a couple of songs. It quickly became clear that they had found the right set up. The idea then came to make a record that would sound like little more than the three of them in a room. They headed to Dreamland Studios in Woodstock and returned with half the record.
The success of the album’s first single ‘Gold’ in Europe and a dance remix version of the same song, made independently by Thomas Jack, went viral, opening doors for Gabriel and his band, unexpectedly introducing people to a record they would probably not have found otherwise.