TOMS, THE: Introducing…: CS

Nov 22, 2017

The opening track “Theme” is a confused Tom playing piano with awkward skill and a lot of hesitation with the other Toms snickering in the background. Yes, it seems they are all named Tom. And all the songs are named after other famous Toms, including “Hanks,” “Lee Jones,” and “From MySpace.” That’s clever. But the cleverness contrasts with the rest: harmonic, dreamy pop; head-bobbing music with cute guitar solos and a sound that reminds me of early 2000s emo but without the angst which made that noise both interesting and embarrassing at the same time. I think I liked the first song the most, but I think fans of indie and safe driving music will enjoy it, if they still have a car from the 2000s with a tape player. –Sal Go (Dead Broke,