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Robert Gomez
Pine Sticks And Phosphorus
Nova Posta
www.robertgomezmusic.com


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.

-Leeny

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