On his debut LP, Jardín, Gabriel Garzón-Montano sings of the struggles and uncertainties of the multi-layered game that is America today, from the specific doubt and double consciousness of the first-generation hustle, to the universal challenges of love, legacy, and exploring the maze of one's own mind. A child of immigrant parents - a child of Brooklyn, NY - Garzón-Montano’s aesthetic is an extension of his French-Colombian heritage, a pastiche of Bach sonatas, cumbia records, and the machine gun funk that echoes to this day from behind half-rolled tints up and down Nostrand Ave.
Jardín (Stones Throw Records) came on the heels of three intense years of touring, writing and recording. Soon after the 2014 release of his debut EP, Bishouné: Alma del Huila, Garzón-Montano was invited out on the road by rock legend Lenny Kravitz, as direct support on 23 concerts across Europe. The day after playing Wembley Arena, he received a call notifying him that his song "6 8" would be sampled by Drake on his full-length, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late (and again two years later on More Life). In the months following, Garzón-Montano was featured at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits.
In 2017, Jardín was met with praise by critics and fans alike, and was awarded several notable best-of lists including NPR’s 10 Best R&B Albums of 2017, and #5 on KCRW’s albums of the year. Visuals for the album also received accolades, as “Bombo Fabrika” was ranked on Remezcla’s Top 25 Videos from Latin Artists. Garzón-Montano collaborated with several female rappers including Little Simz and Junglepussy for a series of remixes with verses over the Jardín instrumentals, which became playlist favorites. Appearances on NPR’s Tiny Desk and the nationally syndicated program World Cafe, along with headlining shows in the U.S., Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia, and festival stops including Primavera Festival in Spain and SummerStage in New York, showcased the album further. In early 2018, Garzón-Montano released “Golden Wings,” an upbeat track with an infectious rhythm accompanied by a video shot in Death Valley, keeping his growing audience eager for his next body of work, which is imminent.