|Genres||Indie folk, ambient|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, percussion|
|Associated acts||Moses Sumney|
Tom Gallo is an American singer-songwriter and composer. His debut full-length album, Tell Me the Ghost, released in 2018 was featured in Billboard Magazine and on NPR's popular music show All Songs Considered, where it was described as "spare and minimal, emotional and atmospheric".
Gallo's college band was chosen by Kanye West and spoken-word artist Malik Yusef to be featured on an album of theirs alongside John Legend, Adam Levine and Common. The album was released, but quickly pulled out of stores over copyright issues. Gallo quit music. Then, on a whim, bought some cheap gear and spent a weekend recording his own music for the first time. He sent the music to Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, who invited him to Iceland to work in his private studio. These obscure recordings, performed primarily with prepared pianos, field recordings, and spoons played on soup bowls, turned into Gallo's debut EP Continuation Day and landed him a record deal with Malibu, California based Record Collection and a publishing deal with Warp.
In the spring of 2018, Gallo recorded his debut full length album, alone at home with a nylon string guitar and a cheap microphone. This music was heard by Grammy award winner Tchad Blake who offered to mix the album.
“Tell Me The Ghost”, the title track, features soft guitar riffs and Gallo’s whispery vocals, accompanied by a music video described by Billboard Magazine as "mesmerizing". While the track was the last one written for the album, Gallo felt it was a perfect summary of the entire LP. The black-and-white video, was shot in a house where blues icon Lead Belly lived towards the end of his career, in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.
In December 2019, Moses Sumney released a single co-written by Gallo entitled "Polly", which will appear on Sumney's sophomore album, græ. The song received "Best New Track" by Pitchfork and gathered over a million streams worldwide in less than two weeks.
- Tell Me the Ghost (2018)
- Continuation Day (2013)
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