Saturday, May 5, 2012

Gavin Guss's "On High" Almost Here

Great news. One of the most eagerly awaited Power Pop releases of 2012 is complete and available for your preview. Gavin Guss's "On High" is streaming in its entirety at his website for a limited time until its formal release. Guss was the lead songwriter and vocalists for TubeTop, the Seattle based Power Pop unit that released one great album "Three Minute Hercules" (long out of print) and then faded from view. I always considered TubeTop in the mode of Fountains of Wayne or The Davenports with ironic self aware lyrics delivered on top of catchy radio friendly tunes.

In 2009 Gavin resurfaced with a solo record "Mercury Mine". One of that years best releases. "Mercury Mine" had it all. Clever tunes with unexpected hooks. Lots of songs I found myself humming days after first listen.

I've been waiting for his second release for a year and "On High" doesn't disappoint. The piano based songs are strong and the production is under-stated but clear. There isn't a weak tune on the album. Guss currently seems to be shopping the release to labels. As part of that process he's posted the entire effort to stream on his EPK (Electronic Press Kit) website. I want to support the project once it has it gets a proper release but until that time, I've assembled a short compilation of non-album tracks. Don't miss "On High"!

Non-Album Tracks:
1. Every Other December
2. Wintertime (Once Again)
3. Voice Inside My Head
4. Place in France
5. Oceans Cracked
6. With You

1 comment:

StlScrib said...

Thanks for the introduction to Gavin Guss. I downloaded TubeTop from Willfully Obscure and am really enjoying it. Will definitely check out his solo work as well. Love finding new (and old) power pop gems from blogs like yours.