LA-based visual artist and musician Gabriel Brenner began releasing music as Pastel in the Summer of 2013.
Drawing on artists such as Arca, Grouper, and Julianna Barwick, he crafted an idiosncratic style that fell gracefully between folk, gospel, and experimental electronic music. By 2014, he had released his debut EP, It Will Be Missed, via Manimal Vinyl. In 2015, he released his second EP, Bone-Weary, via rising Houston-based label Very Jazzed. In 2017, he self-released an EP entitled absent, just dust, a 5-song collection exploring language, loss, and identity through ambient-noise soundscapes. Brenner donated half of all proceeds from the release to Freshet Collective, who have provided legal support to water protectors since the founding of the Sacred Stone Camp. On Valentines Day 2018, he released one-off single "Close" to celebrate the holiday. He is currently working on his debut full-length release.