Tom Gavin | Lost and Gained

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Built to Spill Field Music Tame Impala

More Artists From
United States - NY - New York City

Other Genres You Will Love
Rock: American Underground Pop: Quirky Moods: Mood: Brooding
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Lost and Gained

by Tom Gavin

Polished chunks of post-punk art-pop streaked with veins of rootsy psych-folk and washed over with post-rock atmospherics.
Genre: Rock: American Underground
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Continue Shopping
cd-rp in stock order now
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
1. The Wrong Crime
3:17 $0.99
2. Longer Days
3:45 $0.99
3. How You've Grown
3:28 $0.99
4. Code of Silence
3:51 $0.99
5. Prospect Theory
4:13 $0.99
6. All About This Trouble
5:19 $0.99
7. Hideout
5:03 $0.99
8. All Out War
4:47 $0.99
9. Lost and Gained
5:30 $0.99
10. Broken Ties
4:59 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
With a blast of thranged chords and crushed drums, Tom Gavin's Lost And Gained demands an immediate reaction, and then goes on to prove it wrong as the polarizing opening salvo steers swiftly but surely from bold swells of soaring guitar and impassioned howls to dreamy, reverbed-out lamenting, to wry, throbbing garage-folk.

This hard on the outside, soft on the inside set of distinctive songs holds together as an album in the old-fashioned sense, pulling the listener along as one track morphs, fades, or snaps into the next. Taken as a whole, the effect just sort of makes sense, though dissecting it into an amalgam of styles might start with the indie rock of Built to Spill and Pavement, working down into ever smaller interwoven slivers of genres including post-punk, freak-folk, prog-rock, and roots-rock.

Vivid textures distinguish each song, like the mournful washes of horn by Dennis Cronin (Lambchop) that color "Longer Days," the arid, claustrophobic vocals that set the scene in "Hideout," and the kinetic double bass by Gary Langol that propels "All About This Trouble." Chiming, slurring, and twanging guitars surf over the top and paint around the edges while the essential and spirited drumming of Chris Moore (Negative Approach) anchors it all, contrasting smartly crafted figures with passages of dreamily loose and wildly free playing.

The sonic trip is built on a foundation of taut but adventurous songwriting—sturdy melodies knocked off kilter by woozy slurring and bending, and deceptively familiar forms that take turns down unexpected paths, never to return. Lyrically, vignettes of conflict arise in various colorful settings, held together by a more-or-less consistent theme: loss and its flip side. Whatever equilibrium is suggested by the title, the balance here is ambiguous, which works out just fine—since when has positivity been required to make gripping music? Like someone somewhere probably said, no loss, no gain.



to write a review