Meet The Gillum Bros, Keith and Ryan, who premiere the music video for “Sticky Note” on Medium. Keith provides the vocals, while Ryan plays piano.
Originally from Detroit, the brothers spent much of their time on a horse farm in Upstate New York. In 2012, while attending different colleges, they began writing songs, collaborating via email. After graduation, they covered a lot of ground, living in Schenectady, NYC, Tampa, Richmond, Washington D.C., and Phoenix. Right now, they’re in Arcadia, California.
While in Florida, Ryan played drums with a country band, got into Latin and African rhythms, and worked on new material with Keith. With the help of Clint Hall, the brothers laid down tracks in a studio, which stimulated them to constantly improve their craft.
Back in Detroit, they began playing live in coffee shops, and landed a resident gig at Coffee and Blank, along with a monthly performance in Royal Oak. Keith enhanced his chops on the piano and, like Barry Gibb, toyed with his falsetto. At the beginning of 2019, they dropped their debut album, Mooshie Music, which gathered momentum and airplay on college radio.
At the present time, the brothers are working with Parisian mixer Art Bleek on another album, Supervolcano, slated for release in the near future. According to The Gillum Bros, they create and perform because they have to. If they didn’t, they’d probably end up in a mental institution.
“Sticky Note” opens on an elegant piano rife with retro flavors topped by Keith’s sumptuous voice, infusing the lyrics with stylish chic hues. It’s a creamy polished voice reminiscent of Harry Connick, Jr., exuding silky alluring tones and cultured surface timbres akin to a bluesy torch song.
As the measured rhythm enters, the tune takes on captivating sensuous undulations, highlighted by a gently crying guitar, an oozing organ, and the dazzling cashmere flow of the piano.
The video, directed by Will DeRosa, opens with a beautiful woman seated before her vanity, finalizing her preparations for meeting her lover, who awaits her arrival in a red convertible. As the visuals proceed, unrequited love enters the picture. She has left the urbane brother for the bad-boy guitar and piano playing brother. While the two lovers drive through the countryside, the discarded brother sits heartbroken on his bed with a sticky note plastered to his forehead. It reads “Lonely.”
“Sticky Note” delivers a gorgeous frisson, dripping with élan suffused by sonic layers rippling like velvet over a smoke-filled melancholic melody. With “Sticky Note,” the Gillum Bros have produced a wonderfully haunting song.