Robert Gomez is a troubadour cut from the darkest cloth, crafting atmospheres as vast and beautiful as the midnight Texas sky. Paying no mind to simple genres on his Bella Union debut, Brand New Towns, Robert Gomez explores the textures of mood, often finding his voice in the seemingly saddest spots. He intones, "If I could have you back, I'd only break you", sharing moments familiar to anyone with longing. Robert's music picks you up in a swirl of majestic melancholy; cradling you in real emotion.
A student and lover of music since early childhood, Robert Gomez learned his lessons in expression in locales as disparate as the snowy sidewalks of New York City, under the suffocating summer sun of Denton, Texas, and from the cramped quarters of aswaying and clattering circus train.
A keen observer of love and loss, Gomez writes with finesse and restraint, his lyrics delivered in a hushed croon. His talented crew of players glance sideways across meandering tempos and towards the finale, when the curtain will drop on another rainy afternoon. On these grey days, Gomez provides the light, in effect "Cutting open the blackest night, with our eyes opened wide", giving himself wholly through tune.
Aside from leading his award winning Latin Pimps, and running his Denton-based boutique label, Basement Front Records, Robert Gomez now begins another era of travel, presenting his heartsick melodies to countless Brand New Towns.
His band is Rob Avsharian, drums; Tamera Cauble, violin; Nick Groesch, keyboards; Buffi Jacobs, Cello; Paul Slavens, Accordion; and Bach Norwood, bass;
"Thankfully, Robert Gomez is a Texan.....Most troubadours would collapse under the weight of this much depression, yet Gomez steers it with confidence..." -Dallas Observer
"Shades of Elliot Smith float in, and the whole deal is quite dream-like." -Village Voice
"A lot of musicians boast about how versatile they are, but Denton's Robert Gomez isn't the bragging type. Besides, his resume speaks for itself." -Dallas Morning News
"Robert Gomez's guitar is comfortable wherever it lands" -Pitch Weekly Review
"His songs bounce from melancholic nuances to flavorful catchy pop. Beck fans will go nuts as this album is right up their alley without sounding derivative." -Smother
"Gomez is an artist with a large talent for making music regardless of genre." - Cadence
"If only Norah Jones didn't cameo on every record in the world, her guest spot on Robert Gomez's hauntingly gorgeous Etherville might've given the longtime local crooner the big-name attention he finally deserves. This singer-songwriter record, full of tasteful drops of accordion, violin and horns, is what Starbucks should sell in place of the chain's balmy, neutral compilations. Dark but not plodding, hopeful but not annoying, quiet but not tiring--Rob somehow turned his clichd genre into something worth gawking over".-Sam Machkovech, Dallas Observer