LA-based songwriter/producer Gabriel Brenner, who creates under the name PASTEL, is an absolute gem within Los Angeles' music-making community. The full time art student has been crafting a distinct kind of abstract R&B since the summer of 2013, a sound that resides in the same murky vein as his cited influences: Grouper, FKA Twigs, Arca, and Julianna Barwick. PASTEL manages to stand out due to his sheer technical aptness in crafting immersive ambient soundscapes that fully compliment the singer's soothing tones & harmonies.
PASTEL has been on a bit of an hiatus since the release of his It Will Be Missed EP last year, but the singer has returned with a new single off of his upcoming Bone-Weary EP entitled "I Ache". The visual for the single was directed by photgrapher Hobbes Ginsberg and was edited by Chloe Feller for Red Lighter Films. As a visual reference, Hobbes and Gabriel drew inspiration from the traditional portraiture of women, in order to "explore one’s emotional endurance when everything around falls apart".
Watch the moving visual below and make sure to support Pastel when his Bone-Weary EP is released early this year!