Time Out says
The story goes that Gabriel Robert Rawantas discovered Greenhouse Studio in Ampang after landing a job in the city and decided to record some compositions he had penned for the last decade or so. Guba, as he is now fondly known, eventually caught the eye of local record label Laguna Music, and his rise up the country’s musical ladder has seen ‘You’re So Fine’, featuring Yuna, garnering airplay on local radio.
While Guba describes his music as alternative-folk, ‘Hilang’ is a collection of ten tracks that incorporates elements of soft-rock and indie-pop as well. ‘Purple River’ and ‘Oh Please’ open proceedings in up-tempo fashion, while the slower pace of the rest of his debut record suits the melancholic ‘Aku Pergi’, a stripped down acoustic number where a guitar and violin provide the only company to his gentle voice.
Despite a few forgettable songs, ‘Hilang’ offers enough to suggest Guba is one to watch in the coming months, though it does little to distinguish the Kota Kinabalu native from Malaysia’s growing legion of folksy singer-songwriters. As exemplified by ‘A Beautiful Company’ (featuring Diana Danielle) and ‘You’re So Fine’, Guba’s soothing vocals work well when paired with a female counterpart, so a Of Monsters and Men-esque boy-girl harmonies tune in the future is a mouth-watering prospect indeed. Wong Boon Ken