Lion or Gazelle creates haunting and heartbreaking sounds that twist a folk-pop style around the throats of greats like Brian Wilson or Justin Vernon. Introspective lyrics. Plaintive acoustic guitar. Harmony. Hope. Desperation. A dusty jungle of emotions can be heard in a Lion or Gazelle song. Duluth singer/songwriter and producer Brian Ring is Lion or Gazelle, a mostly solo acoustic guitar, singing-guts-out music project. Ring describes the sound as “future folk” and “Nashville smashcore.” A new EP is in the works.