Gavin Guss is the unannounced friend showing up on your doorstep on
an autumn evening. The type that even though you may’ve not seen
each other for a while, you pick up right where you left off. Different
haircut, same laugh. On High [FIN-LE12-043] are the postcards he
wrote but never dropped in the mail, deciding to deliver them in person
instead. On “Come Over” he asks, “watcha wanna do when I come
over?/whatcha wanna do when I drop by?/baby, think it over.” Slick
guitars, keys and the voice of a joyful, highly-caffeinated Elliott Smith
(ah, the Northwest), it’ll make you dance in your socks; cozy.
Known in the Northwest as the front man for TubeTop (debut album
co-produced by Peter Buck of R.E.M.) and The Tycoons, Guss has
toured extensively as a member of Nada Surf, and playing piano for
Jon Auer (The Posies/ Big Star), Fountains of Wayne, and Harvey
Danger. On High is Gavin Guss’ second solo album, and follows a
recent 7” single from Fin Records, “Riga in the Fall,” [FIN-LE7-028] –
that was released in the summertime (always preparing for inevitable
autumn) and this one comes to you in the Fall. This record cures both
blues, and perhaps year-round, too.
“Gavin Guss sounds a lot like Matthew Sweet… Wonderfully
addicting … Pure now for pop people, this is.” – Goldmine
released October 23, 2012
All songs written and performed by Gavin Guss, 2012 Woselsongs (ASCAP).
Additional musicians: Jon Auer - lead guitar on "Will to fly"; Rob Knop - solo organ on "Riga in the Fall"; Doug Mackey - drums on "Parc Monceau"; Shawn Smith - backing vocals on "Will to Fly."
Recorded with Brian Pake, Sam Clahovich, Doug Mackey, Gary Reynolds, and Justin Cronk.
Mixed with Doug Mackey, Jeremy Lightfoot, Brian Pake and Gary Reynolds.
Mastered by Ed Brooks.
Art design: Corina Wilson
Photos: Anna Jennings
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