In a post-Frank Ocean world in which his new album seems stuck in musical purgatory, fans of contemporary R&B have plenty of other options. Ty Dolla $ign offers a rugged masculinity tempered by hip-hop, while Bryson Tiller is a sultry heartthrob for 2016. But Gallant might be the most fitting successor. Ology sees him follow up his 2014 EP Zebra with an album that describes his vision of what contemporary R&B should look like.
It’s a little strange to hear someone as young (24 years old) as [Christopher] Gallant sound so similar to Prince circa before Gallant was even born. Gallant deserves credit for learning from the best. Let me be clear: Ology, Gallant’s debut disc has been two years in the making and released before Prince was reported ill (so it is not an attempt to cash-in).
Christopher Gallant’s story is fairly common: The singer/songwriter got his start recording tracks as a teenager to assuage his angst. After high school, Gallant moved from Columbia, Md., a sprawling suburb of Washington, D.C., to New York City to study music and launch his career. But Gallant’s music didn't pan out there for whatever reason, so he eventually moved to Los Angeles after he graduated, where his aerial-view R&B had greater chances to be heard.
Alternative R&B singer Christopher Gallant — or Gallant, for short — takes us on a thrilling journey with his debut LP, Ology, the successor to his 2014 EP Zebra. Ology is an R&B album at heart, but it's got electronic overtones, and flirts with a series of other genres. The singer's dynamic falsetto finds its way into your soul, not unlike that of Maxwell or D'Angelo.Gallant studied music at New York University before heading to Los Angeles.