Benjamin Ray, The Daily Vault (Nov. 2, 2012)

Many people face a period in their lives when a dark cloud seems to descend – the fears of aging, the loss of a loved one, the question of one’s purpose, a cynicism that has appeared, whatever – and Gomes articulates this period in his life with clarity and honesty…but there is hope at the end, and that spirit keeps this from becoming a maudlin self-pity party. Gomes uses the songs to examine unresolved issues instead of complain, which makes a world of difference. And he still finds time to have some fun, most notably on the country-flavored “Don’t Trouble Trouble” and the surf-rock of “What You Don’t Say.”      

Although on the surface, “A Pile Of Leaves” seems to be the most detailed song about leaves ever written, it draws the listener in with a Paul Simon-esque vocal, beautiful acoustic guitar work and words reminiscing a happy childhood memory. But things quickly turn bleaker on “The Other Side.” When Gomes sings “I really need to know / What it’s like to go / I spoke to you every day / Waiting for an answer,” you feel the pain in his voice, and the line “I watched you fade to black” sends a chill up the spine every time.

The most powerful song is “The Warm Room,” which uses flavors of the White Album to paint a vivid picture of adopted children and their search, often fruitless, to find their parents. The closing title track is a brief, mournful lament of unresolved issues in general; it ends the disc on an unsettling note.

To make an easy and needless comparison, Gomes would probably fall into the same family as Jose Gonzalez, Jack Johnson, and Paul Simon, yet his idiosyncratic approach to these mostly-acoustic songs, his love of classicist country and ‘60s music, and his eternally upbeat personality (yes, it’s still there) elevate this far above the standard sensitive-dude-with-guitar music one might expect. Loose Ends is his best outing yet; too bad it is only 32 minutes long.

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August 15, 2017

I swear I'm going to sign off on the master this week and say it's done. The same for the artwork. Really. I am. You believe me, don't you?

August 6, 2017

Nearing completion of the album master and getting artwork in place for my new release. Patience, my friends. Be sure to read other album blog posts at my BLOG link above!

July 1,

Happy Canada Day!
150 years young!

June 19,

Great to have Brian Asselin in today to close out the album's performances with some tasty tenor sax!

16, 2017

I'm so happy to finally have some lovely Paraguayan harp on one of the tunes for my new album. Thank you to Martha Mazzoleni!

May 18, 2017

Nearing the end stage of mixing and mastering will be soon after. Also busy preparing artwork for my album. More details to follow soon!

April 11, 2017

After some delays, today I began editing and mixing my new album with Philip Shaw Bova. We've got a great start on things!

March 21, 2017

Had a fun promo, photo shoot today with Alan Dean and Andrea Cochrane of Alan Dean Photography. Hard to believe it was the second day of spring!

February 23, 2017

One tune on my project needed an acoustic lead and rhythm part.
Today was the day to get that done!

February 16, 2017

I added some extra guitar parts today. Except for one tune which requires Latin harp, most of the tracking is done and we'll soon be starting to mix some of the tunes. I can't wait!

January 27, 2017

Ottawa’s trumpet man, Nick Dyson, put his stellar playing on three tunes, adding some nice tropical vibes.

January 20, 2017

Local and hugely versatile drummer, Jeff Asselin, was in today and laid down perfect parts for two tunes. Professional, well prepared and a pleasure to work with. Jeff’s the man!

13, 2017

We had a great session today featuring a talented, young cellist named Raphael Weinroth-Browne. He played beautifully on a piece from my project that’s meant to convey a walk through the jungle. With January’s bitter weather, a jungle sounds pretty good right now!


22, 2016

Today we had the final session of 2016 with local piano player and trombone man, Mark Ferguson. He added some great playing to five tunes on my project. What a talented and nice person to work with!

December 15, 2016

Rob Milicevic, the drummer for the cool band, Kobo Town, came in last night for our quickest session so far. He did an excellent job on two pieces; one calypso and one reggae-ish tune.

December 10,

Norm Glaude laid down some beautiful acoustic and electric bass parts on two bossas from my new project.

December 3, 2016

We have completed the percussion parts for eight pieces. René F. played a nice variety of instruments; udu, timbales, caxixi, guiro, claves, cha-cha bell, maracas, woodblocks and even a pair of sandpaper blocks that my wife reminded me we owned. I can’t believe that I wrote so many percussion parts!

November 19,

Today marks the start of tracking for my new, full-length “Tropical” album, just ahead of our first major snowstorm. We’re recording at Gallery Studios here in Ottawa with Dean Watson. For our first session, “Congaman” René Fortier laid down some great conga and bongo parts. We’re hoping to have our following percussion session late next week. A great start!

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