"Wildly introspective songwriting"
— grassroots web page
“Gabriel Tavares debut Album is FANTASTIC!
My girlfriend and I first heard Gabriel Tavares by "accident" when he followed a good friend of mine at a popular NYC East Village Music Venue (The Living Room). There was something about the way that he was "warming-up" before his set that made us want to hang out and catch his act and we are so happy that we did! Gabriel has one of the freshest sounds we have heard in a very long time. If you close your eyes, you just can't believe that he is a solo guitarist. There are times when it seems like there are as many as three guitarists playing at once - all in this amazing sychronization that is perfectly complemented by the tabla playing of his rythm support (I'm not 100% sure if Steven Curtis is the gentleman we heard play live, but if the person playing tabla on the album and the person who was supporting Garbriel on his NYC gig are two different people - then they are both AMAZING tabla players!) . His haunting voice and lyrics will imprint o”
cd baby review
"Gabriel Tavares is one of this region's truly sublime vernacular guitarists whose playing has always spoken to me."
wvbr and wskg radio
“The music on this disc is a testament to the creative potential of an individual brave enough to explore his inner muse without shying away from any aspect of it. No, there is nothing shy about this disc at all. The urgent lyrics evoke images of the natural world using poetry that is like a modern form of haiku. Brilliant Tabla playing by Steven Curtis and traditional south Indian vocals by Sri Priya Sundararajan on several tracks fit perfectly into Gabe's harmonic sphere. Sim Redmond and Uniit Carruyo also lend their talents to this project to brilliant effect. Then there is the guitar work, which of course is not very much like anything you've heard before. Gabe's single acoustic guitar has the power of Jimmy Page's famous (and usually electric) "guitar army" sound.”
I-Town Records Site
"There's nothing to decode about the quality of Gabriel Tavares' new album "Cipher." The album is packed with poetic lyrics and a diverse range of musical instruments. From mbira to xylorimba, Tavares delivers his sincerely bold messages with the help of several talented musicians. "Whether it's the soft vocals of Uniit on tracks like "Loom" or Judy Hyman's soothing string arrangements on "Apple," "Cipher" is the kind of album that begs to be played on a sunny Ithaca day. "Tavares' personal and powerful lyrics of unification, dissolution, and childhood memories saturate the air with strong feeling. Although Tavares features many instruments, listeners should be sure to catch his renowned guitar work on songs like "Sleepwalk." "Sim Redmond, among others, makes an appearance on this solid solo album that proves Tavares is as a gifted guitarist on his own as in Plastic Nebraska."
— Ithaca Times
“I don't think a week has gone by in the past 16 years or so that I haven't listened to (and been inspired by) the work of Gabe Tavares. Plastic Nebraska, the Thins, and his solo work have all been woven into the music that is the soundtrack of my life. Keep making music, Gabe!”
Singer/guitarist for The Fountains
“Some of the best music I have ever heard. I don't know if it's because it comes from the same blood but the music Gabe makes touches something deep inside my soul.”
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