Officially a verified artist on Spotify with over 22,000 monthly listeners, it’s clear that Gabe Coulter’s bright, perceptive song writing is resonating with fans not only in the UK, but is beginning to gather attention even further, stretching to Amsterdam and beyond.
Grammy-nominated producer Two Inch Punch (Rag’n’Bone Man) was impressed by the rising star so much, he prioritised working with Coulter after simply hearing a demo, spotting potential in those early stages. With his debut EP, raw vocal talent shines through and sets the tone for this four song collection. Never getting lost in a cacophony of instruments, the vocals remain strong throughout.
Coulter states on his ‘I Heard A Whisper’ EP YouTube visualiser, “… to be a good writer you have to write from within. As soon as I realised that, that I’m inspired by my surroundings, other people’s stories… and things you hear… that’s when I started to really enjoy myself and I think the songs became more meaningful as a result.” By adding a personal touch to prevalent themes, he manages to easily connect with his audience.
On ‘What A Life’, the layered vocals add depth and compliment the steady drum beat perfectly. The title track ‘I Heard A Whisper’ grabs you instantly with the soft synth intro, depicting an almost ethereal feel before the acoustic guitar kicks in. A slow rise in volume builds tension whereas the instrumental bridge section allows the listener time to breathe.
While Two Inch Punch’s empirical influence is clear on ‘Thinking F***s You Up’, Coulter ensures all his songs retain that timeless quality. The relatable lyrics on this one are bound to appeal to everyone with an ounce of angst, showcasing internal struggle via lyrics: “Turns out the monster doesn’t live under the bed, he lives in me, and I can’t sleep, knowing that he’s there…”
With ‘You’ the gentle piano throughout creates a ballad like feel, fans of David Gray will love this one. The music making dream team of Jack Leonard, Jon Green, Two Inch Punch and Matt Zara, combined with Coulter’s emotion fuelled vocals, make for a four track masterpiece that will leave fans aching for an album.
Gabe Coulter’s debut EP ‘I Heard a Whisper’ is available to stream now.
Words: Danielle Emmett