Tom Goss Rocks NYC

Tom Goss.  Photo by Dusti Cunningham.
Tom Goss. Photo by Dusti Cunningham.

Tom Goss is out now with his ninth studio album, Remember What It Feels Like. The album is an expansive 15-track collection of fast, fun, summery pop songs that reflect on who Tom is today: a 42-year-old gay man who has lived, loved and lost. The album is available on iTunes, Spotify, and all major digital platforms, along with its new single, “Enemy of Good.”

Tom Goss has been performing for more than fifteen years, creating a large and varied body of work that includes 9 albums, 5 EPs, and 39 music videos. His songs have been featured on ABC, HBO, Disney+, and in several films. His music videos (in-cluding “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Breath and Sound,” and “Bears”) have been viewed more than 18 million times.

In “Enemy of Good,” Goss sings about perfectionism, a vice that often masquerades as a virtue. “I’m very self-critical,” he admits. “Even as a kid, I would get frustrated when I felt I fell short on a goal, and my mother would say, ‘Tom, the perfect is the enemy of the good.’ It struck me as powerful, and I continue to notice that my need to achieve perfection does little in the way of producing art, or happiness. Joy and creativity flow when I allow myself to be flawed.”

Tom Goss. Enemy of Good cover art.

The song is an uplifting pop track, as reflected in its music video, releasing this weekend. “The video’s co- director, Catalin Stelian-Shanks, and I said right from the beginning that we didn’t want to overthink the visuals. ‘Enemy of Good’ needed to exuberant and cheerful, like the song. Our goal was to make people smile, laugh, think, and bob their head along.”

The single and album are a departure from Goss’s previous work, the searingly honest Territories, whose dramatic singles and music videos (“La Bufadora,” “Ber-lin,” “Amsterdam,” and “Québec) captured his tumultuous few years dealing with infidelity, a newly open marriage, and falling in love with a charming Englishman who was not all who he appeared to be.

With Remember What It Feels Like, Tom Goss says he is at a place of reconciliation. “Forgiveness is easy,” he reflects. “It’s understanding the ‘why?’ that’s hard. But I’m letting it go and focusing on the present, because the now is packed with goodness.”

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