Nobody could duet better than Gabriel and Cecilia
CLUNES duo Gabriel and Cecilia is only one side of the multi-performer family that is The Brandolinis.
As the finalists in last year's The Voice competition, they may have been more exposed to the light of the prime time TV stages, but the teenagers are well guided and know what they want from the future.
Vessels is their new album, and as they explain, the music contained in this release cannot be defined in just one word.
How do you develop your music?
Cecilia: It really depends on the song. Sometimes Gabe will make up the core of the song and most of the harmonies, and then I come up with the melody and even the lyrics. In some cases it's all the way around.
Gabriel: Yes. Every song is a different combination.
Does the album have a theme or a topic through it?
Gabriel: There are a lot of issues, occasionally even political ones, that we write about. This is not a bunch of songs to go dance to in the club. We tend to write pretty seriously and pretty emotively. We cover a bunch of sensitive subjects like racism, war, rape.
Cecilia: There is also a song in the album about bullying.
Gabriel: But then there are songs about dreaming, creativity and love. We cover a broad variety of relevant and important issues.
What are your musical influences at this stage?
Cecilia: Gabe and I are very different, so when we come together the outcome is different to the music we make on our own.
Gabriel: I am into heavy metal and classical. I am into bands such as (American instrumental progressive metal band) Animals As Leaders, but I also love Beethoven and other classical composers.
Cecilia: I'm into more theatrical pop and folk. So we write together on acoustic instruments.
And what comes out of that mix?
Gabriel: In Vessels there are pop songs, folky tunes, anthems, there is an Indie tune, an instrumental and a heavy metal tune. We really don't bind ourselves to the shackles of one particular genre.
Vessels will be launched at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall this Saturday from 5.30pm. $10.