Drawing on a classic and timeless Soul sound while still pushing through as resolutely contemporary and current, the debut from Gabriels is a mesmerising and mystifying work. The trio’s background in soundtracks and orchestration and that shines through in the lush instrumentation and composition throughout the half hour here. As accomplished as the compositions are, there’s a certain overshadowing thanks to the incredible depth of frontman Jacob Lusk’s vocals. Whether channelling Soul, vintage R&B, or Gospel, his shapeshifting vocals are the star here. From the soaring falsetto of ‘Taboo’ to the range of ‘To the Moon and Back’, the delivery on which calls to mind Nina Simone, Lusk never fails to captivate. Most impressively, the compositions throughout keep up with the vocal adventures. As the first half of a two parter, there’s definitely much more to come from Gabriels.