Title - 'California Dream'
Artist - Tom Sless
With ceaseless creativity, an ear for the just-right melody and lyric, and with a passion for song, the singer, songwriter, and guitar slinger known as Tom Sless writes songs and produces music that evoke his disappointments, hopes, joys, and loves.
With a vibe that alternates between the celebratory country rock of Luke Combs, the nod-and-a-wink humor of Sturgill Simpson, and the rough-hewn folksiness of Donovan Woods, Sless carries us along with him on a soulful ride down the winding roads of life and love on his wonderful debut album, California Dream.
1. 'California Dream'
2. 'Taking Me Back'
4. 'Ready To'
5. 'Why Oh Why'
6. 'Coming Home'
7. 'Gimme the Breeze'
8. 'Too Much on My Mind'
Kicking off with Americana rock of the title track, Tom immediately gets our attention, and as we progress, his musical messages carry us along on his rich journey.
Those richly layered sounds which flow evenly throughout the vocals and instruments alike continues onward with both the upbeat country rocker 'Taking Me Back' and then comes the country-folk pop-bounce of 'Astronaut.'
On this quite excellent, and well rounded album (which Tom co-produced with John Bottrell - Christina Perri, Mike Posner), Tom next brings us the Southern, James Tayloresque rocker 'Ready To.'
That's backed up by the downcast, yet emotionally heartfelt moment of the album, 'Why Oh Why,' which relates to the Thousand Oaks, CA shooting, and the fires that happened thereafter.
The country crooner, the Darius Ruckeresque 'Coming Home' is the followed by the raucous guitar-driven 'Gimme the Breeze,' with the album rounding out with the looping, pedal steel-driven studio jam 'Too Much on My Mind.'
In closing, Tom loves the journey he’s been on, and California Dream gives him the chance to share his outlook on life. “This album came out when it did,” he says, “in part because it’s a huge part of my building up to a realization of myself.”
Tom’s insightful lyrics and catchy tunes are all about “breaking free of what is happening now, creating your own mindset, and letting yourself go into what makes you feel free, and what you are passionate about.”
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