Djana Gabrielle - That Very First Day EP Review - Thomas Neil

Before I get started I want to say a little about the artist, Djana Gabrielle is an incredibly talented and not to mention lovely indie folk singer based in Glasgow, I got a chance to meet her while taking a course at the Glasgow Academy of Music and Sound and she was kind and dedicated and was nice enough to grace us with her exceptional voice, I suggest you all listen to her EP as soon as you can because it's just something you have to hear.

‘Dance with me’ is the first track on her debut EP and it shows instantly something that will become very clear when you listen to the EP yourself, she has the power to lift you up with her powerful and melodic voice. Now I know a lot of people who can sing but very rarely am I just so lost for words at someone’s voice. But I’ll do my best because I’m very rarely stuck on what to say for very long. She manages to blend hopefulness and melancholy so well that they seem to be dancing themselves.

‘That very first day’ opens with a lovely acoustic guitar which accompanies her incredible voice, now the more observant of you will hear that twang of french in her voice, I think this adds something to her voice, some character that gives each track that little extra. Like the previous track its uncomplicated, not flashy but instead just honest. And frankly quite beautiful.

‘Denial’ Denial continues to show of her beautiful and powerful voice, this song in particular evokes strong feeling, in particular retrospection, you just want to look back at your life when listening to a track like this. Despite that it does have a really good beat, I’d really like to hear this song live to see how the room reacts to it. I think it's perhaps my favourite track on the EP.

‘Eloise’ is just the definition of folk music, the combination of instrument and vocals are just perfect, Eloise, just carries so well and it's one of those tracks that you need to listen to a few times, just letting it wash over you. Each of these tracks just has an incredibly calming effect, especially this one and I’m sure I’ll be listening to it for years to come.

‘I should have’ has a slightly different vibe, to the previous tracks, it's not something I can explain, I think it just has an edge the previous songs don't have. Its at this point I want to mention how lyrically complex these songs are, and how well they flow, they don’t just rely on a catchy chorus instead they do what a song should and tell a story from start to finish.

If you want to listen to her frankly amazing EP then follow this link to her soundcloud where you can listen to it firsthand https://soundcloud.com/djanagabrielle/sets/that-very-first-day-ep if you want to keep up to date with her then you can like her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DjanaGabrielle/ or follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/djana_gabrielle and she also has a website you can check out as well http://djanagabrielle.com/