Ron Gallo’s new album,’Foreground Music’ repeatedly crosses the line between optimism and crushing nihilism. Gallo screams at developers turning neighborhoods into unremarkable AirBnB advertisements, and corporate overlords deciding how much music costs. The album is, in Gallo’s own words, what an existential crisis would sound like if it could also be fun. His career has been building towards this moment since he first became popular with the release of ‘Heavy Meta’. He moved to Nashville, signed with a label, and toured around the world, playing shows with Spoon, Parquet Courts, and others. If he wasn’t quite indie royalty, he was adjacent, shining his NPR accolades and framing Vice write ups.
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