Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Brand New Towns by Robert Gomez, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Brand New Towns

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

Following the same path he took in his 2005 album Etherville, on Brand New Towns Robert Gomez plays shimmery, melancholy indie pop songs that speak of love found and love lost, layering his vocals delicately over acoustic guitar and piano, strings and brass, melodica and organ. But despite all of this, Gomez's music is anything but ornate; it's chamber pop played in the Texas plains, without pretension or excess adornment. In fact, it's the sparseness of it all that comes across more than the gloomy cello or plinking keyboards, echoing through his soft voice and intimate lyrics. He's definitely taken a clue from Elliott Smith, double-tracking his vocals into the sad but slightly threatening melodies that the late singer did so well. "You're so perfect without me," he whispers in the lovely, neo-Baroque "Perfect," with bittersweet piano and French horn weaving around behind, gently building up and then coming away, only a hesitant accordion backing him as he mumbles "I still remember the time we ran away," the longing and the regret almost more audible than the words themselves. Unlike Smith, however, Gomez also writes happier songs, where people are content and in love, or at least have the possibility of arriving there. Both "The Leaving" and "Into the Sun" are optimistic and poppy, and even the opener, "Closer Still," while not exactly jubilant, offers the hope that one day the two characters will be together. He's a consistently strong writer, focusing on structure and space, not overloading his songs with needless ornamentation. This means that even the tracks that settle comfortably into the background ("You Need Somebody," "Back to Me") are welcomed, enhancing the overall feel of the record, giving it substance and foundation, and the one piece that moves out of the first person singular and comments on society, "Brand New Towns," is excellent, enticing in its dark, rolling guitar arpeggios and sloping bassline. A mature step forward for Gomez, Brand New Towns is a more developed and intricate piece of work that shows off his musicianship, sense of subtlety, and supreme attention to craft, and is an impressive accomplishment.


Born: Texas

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Denton, TX-based singer/songwriter Robert Gomez is also an accomplished guitarist, having studied and played Cuban guitar with Nelson Gonzalez. Besides performing with the son group Septeto Habañero, Gomez has also toured with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus and played dates in Spain, Turkey, and the U.S. with Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Gomez's own music, however, mixes literate, bittersweet songwriting with a moody Southwestern twang reminiscent of Calexico. He released his first album,...
Full Bio
Brand New Towns, Robert Gomez
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.