Pine Sticks And Phosphorus is the third full-length album
from Texan Robert Gomez. Gomez will always be synonymous with
Midlake, and here he does collaborate with members of Midlake,
as well as [members of] The Polyphonic Spree, Postmarks,
and Sarah Jaffe. The album was also co-produced by fellow Texan
Matt Pence of Centro-Matic. There are comparisons to
Sparklehorse or Sufjan Stevens, however, Pine Sticks
And Phosphorus displays a layered, moody, orchestrated pop more
reminiscent of Iron And Wine or Fugazi's The Argument.
For sure, Gomez's classically subdued vocals are what set the tone
and mood, but coupled with hypnotic beats, major/minor switches, and
dreamy sounding guitars and keys, Pine Sticks And Phosphorus
is the perfect companion for any person's quest for introspective
escapism. Maybe it's London circa 1960s, as in the track, "Middle
Of Nowhere." Possibly you may hear the American Northwest and
artists such as Heather Duby in "On This Day," and
"Paper Figurines." Be it by train, plane, auto, or even
your own feet walking down a rainy city street, Pine Sticks And
Phosphorus will take you somewhere new.
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