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NO ROME

Rome Gomez first started writing music at age twelve, under the name "isayhiyousay." Still only seventeen, Gomez's new project, No Rome, started as a personal indulgence, as a vehicle for Gomez's own private experiments with different genres of electronic music. The honeyed, dance floor-ready tracks of No Rome, however, seem to have always been destined for larger audiences and, indeed, are far removed from the introverted music one might expect from a teenage bedroom project. At once unbelievably mature for a school-age experiment and a testament to the unapologetically fun, citational qualities of music production in the age of the Internet, No Rome wears its twenty-first century influences proudly. In his debut single, "Dance with Me," and the accompanying b-side, "United We Are," Gomez draws freely and loosely from the soundtrack of millennial youth culture: from the early 2000s electropop of bands like Van She, to Causers of This-era Toro y Moi, to producers like Chad Valley, Unicorn Kid, and NZCA/Lines. While the two homespun, synth-driven tracks were written a couple of years apart (Gomez wrote and recorded "Dance with Me" when he was fifteen), they both highlight Gomez's undeniable pop sensibility, as well as his prodigious ability to craft sun-drenched, attention-grabbing pop songs made for repeat listening.
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