Surfing confidently back into our consciousness on a new tide.
Al Spicer 2009
Surfing confidently back into our consciousness on A New Tide, Gomez ride crashing waves of richly layered instruments, passionate vocals and sheer volume to bring us their latest loot and plunder. There's psychedelia here, alongside wretched delta blues, street music and the tones of wild, hill dwelling musicians too.
Returning on a new label with a more complex sound bolstered by the skilled contributions of a gang of crack session musicians. Gomez employ innovative percussion, captivating rhythms and a fuller range of tones to conjure deeper moods than before, evoking Nick Drake at times - through stunning orchestral arrangements and unsettling song structure - veering towards playful, lighthearted pop at others.
From the frankly eerie electronics that lurk behind the feeling-good folksiness of Mix to the tasty blend of latino stylings and wild gaelic confessional of Sunset Gates, there's a preparedness to experiment and discover that makes repeated playing a pure pleasure. Although the world-weary vocals now seem capable of more than simple sadness, Gomez are never going to be a party band.
There's a lot to discover on this collection, but deft production means it never seems crowded and it deserves repeated listening to reveal its many layers.