Acclaimed singer, songwriter and veteran musician Tom Goss has released his new single “Berlin,” a piano-driven ballad with lush underscores based on a personal tale about finding another lover after learning of his husband’s infidelity. Goss also issued the striking black and white music video for the song, filmed in Berlin.
Amidst the darkest hour of their marriage, Tom and his husband chose an unconventional solution in an effort to steady the ship – staying married but initiating “an open relationship with boundaries.” Soon after, Goss took a trip to Berlin, where he started to discover what love and sexuality meant to him. As he began to fall in love with someone else, Goss learned to process how he could love both a new man and his husband.
“Berlin” is the latest single off Goss’ forthcoming seventh studio album, Territories, set for release on November 13th. The 15-track album, produced by Ian Carmichael (Lamb, The Orchids, One Dove), explores the many complications of love. Previous single “La Bufadora” depicts a fictionalized story of an abusive relationship while highlighting the reality of domestic violence within the LGBTQ community, a timely subject noting October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Statistics show that within the LGBTQ community, intimate partner violence occurs at a rate equal to or higher than that of the heterosexual community. Proceeds from the song and video will be donated to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Los Angeles LGBT Center; PRESS HERE to watch the video starring Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese.
Territories is an exploration of new emotional and relational territory. First single “Quayside” tells the delicate story of diving into a polyamorous relationship, a journey littered with potential dangers. The track wrestles with Goss‘ own perceptions of love and relationships, providing a candid snapshot of his own life. PRESS HERE to watch the official music video.
Throughout the past year-and-a-half of world exploration and self-discovery, Goss found himself in a place that was not his own. Living with the belief that we are more susceptible to emotional growth when we are pushed out of our comfort zone, everything about Territories falls outside of that. Full track listing below. PRESS HERE to pre-order Territories.
Tom Goss is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who went from a quiet childhood in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to wrestling at the college level in Missouri before eventually entering a Washington, DC seminary, leaving the priesthood after a year, and marrying his husband. Since the launch of a successful music career in 2006, the Los Angeles-based artist has delivered six fan-favorite independent albums, generated over 10 million collective streams and 12 million YouTube views, landed syncs everywhere from ABC and HBO to Univision, and performed alongside Andy Grammer, Taylor Dayne, and more. In some ways, everything merely set the stage for the release of Territories, where he is sharing a piece of himself like never before by allowing listeners into his life. After the shock of walking in on his husband with somebody else, choosing to stay married but in an open relationship, and falling in love with another man, the concept for Territories was born. Having worked together on a popular remix of Tom’s single “Breath and Sound,” Goss enlisted Carmichael to produce, and sonically the music took cinematic shape woven together with synths and electronic soundscapes.
“This record speaks of love in so many complicated ways,” Goss shares. “I don’t believe life is black-and-white. When I went through the whole experience, I believed myself to be a horrible failure, but that’s not fair. We’re constantly changing as humans. We compare ourselves to an ideal, or singular perception, and that’s not real. I’d like to send the message that it’s okay if your history is imperfect, your love still is.”
Tom Goss is currently in the midst of a US headlining tour, which stops at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City this Friday, October 25th. PRESS HERE to view all upcoming tour dates.
TERRITORIES TRACK LISTING:
2) One Plus Two
5) One Thing Missing
10) La Bufadora
13) Not Regretting
14) Siem Reap
15) Be Somebody