The Musical Surprises Came Early With No Rome at Head In The Clouds Thoughts+Photos: No Rome at 88rising's Head In The Clouds 8/21/22
LOS ANGELES, CA–
“…A real pleasant surprise for me at Head In the Clouds was the performance by No Rome. This would be my first time hearing his music, so when he walked onstage wearing a full-face ski mask that had horns, my “first impression” prejudice stood up and told me to get ready for some hard-hitting hip hop of some sort. I was wrong. Very wrong.
Instead, what I got was probably the most chill chillwave/bedroom pop I’ve heard in a while.
No Rome is Guendoline Rom Wiray Gomez, and he came to us from London but has his roots in the Philippines. At 25 years old, he’s a young cat and released his debut studio album, It’s All Smiles, last year. As soon as I stepped out of the photo pit, I had to queue it up on my streaming playlist to cause I needed to learn more about this rising star.
As it turns out, he’s currently signed to the Dirty Hit, the same label as The 1975, among others. Sonically, that totally makes sense. When I looked up the label, I noticed that Dirty Hit houses a handful of artists that I quite enjoy, including beabadoobee, The Japanese House, Wolf Alice and Pale Waves. The fact that No Rome had collaborated with The 1975, beabadoobee, and Charli XCX and I failed to pick up on his talent is a “shame on me” moment.
While it took me quick minute to get over his initial visual presentation to really synchronize with his music, it was his music that left a memorable impression on me and excited to hear how else his soothing tenor and effortlessly relaxing production can shift my perceptions further…”
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