Gil Hockman is a musician from Johannesburg, South Africa. Performing with a guitar, synthesiser and loop-station Gil weaves a minimalist sound reminiscent of Beck, the Eels or Grandaddy. His songs move without falling into pathos while his skilled arrangements are a fascinating mix of folk, blues, indietronica.
In April 2014 Gil released his third album, Dolorous, on which his sound expanded from simple vocals and guitar to a larger production. His previous releases include All The Things (2013) and Too Early In The Journey (2011). All three can be found at gilhockman.bandcamp.com. You also can find plenty other tracks at soundcloud.com/gilhockman.
What they’ve said about Dolorous:
“A new kind of futuristic folk mixed with pop mixed with fragments of electronica and rendered incandescent by echoes of the blues” – Nik Piras, Amica.
“This little gem of a supreme artist” – Silvio Pizzica, Ondarock.
“I love to lose myself in the spaces of the deliberately minimal music of Gil Hockman…’Dolorous’ is one of those albums that you listen to, and you consume, slowly.” – Claudio Baroni, Libero.
“Dolorous is worth a listen and this singer deserves more than the few hundred Spotify plays on his songs” – Agathe Danon, Indie Style
“He is able to write simple and delicate pieces. He manages to move without falling into pathos. Using a simple folk or electric guitar and a synth, it works wonders.” – Béber, MusicZine
“Dolorous is a beautiful hymn to the Spleen, the gentle heat of melancholy, au taedium vitae, a dangerous game that claimed the lives of Kurt Cobain, Elliott Smith, Ian Curtis, Mark Linkous …” – Mike S., La Magic Box
“Gil Hockman prints his music its own brand, made of tranquility and nostalgic melancholy introspection.” – François Becquart, Music In Belgium
“We are pleased to finally hear a supposedly folk album that is not as tiring. Skilled in his arrangements, minimal, Hockman puts life in his allegory” – Will Dum, MuzzArt
“The production is top notch all around. Hockman makes some bold leaps on Dolorous…[his] songwriting just seems to be getting better and he knows what works in the studio. This is a very fine effort and is highly recommended.” - Matt Jensen, The Equal Ground
“Dolorous shifts Gil’s music (and career) into another gear, delivers something new and unexpected. It both rocks and rolls, and it’s incredibly diverse both lyrically and musically.” - Floris Groenewald, SA Music Scene
“Gil has some of the most charming vocals on a male I’ve ever heard” - Jordan Koen, Another-Day.co.za
“Hockman rises above the category of struggling Jo’burg musicians” - Roy Bouwer, South African Music Scene
All The Things
“It’s his dolorous voice that holds the centre. Hockman’s combination of poignancy and dry humour echoes Sun Kil Moon’s equally lovely take on life’s trickier side.” - Diane Coetzer, Rolling Stone.
“The songs are great, the production is crisp…but what is most impressive is his voice. It is original and has a captivating quality that really keeps your attention.” - Jamie Funk, IndieMusicAlbumReviews.com
“Gil Hockman is back!…And while the familiar elements are there, it really seems like new ground is reached” - Floris Groenewald, SA Music Scene
Too Early In The Journey
“Definitely the most surprising of South Africa’s releases back in early 2012…It stood out from everything else.” - Nas Who, Another Day
“A well-considered collection of Gil’s influences with dabbles of his own brilliance.” -Scott Smith, The New Age
“Go track this down if you want something very different and truly special.” - Coup Magazine
“The album unveils as a kind of demented songbook…Hockman makes these classics his own sad creatures.” - Muse Magazine