Next, Gallo recorded his debut full length album; alone at home, with an old nylon string guitar and a cheap microphone. These stripped down constraints bloomed oddly sparse yet memorable melodies, framed in delicate guitar patterns, whisper-like singing and minimalist percussion. Initially created for himself with no intentions to release, these raw recordings drew attention from a wide spectrum of Los Angeles elite. Moses Sumney, Tony Berg, Justin Meldal-Johnson, and KCRW’s Chris Douridas separately encouraged Gallo to release the record as his debut album, as is.
Produced, recorded and performed entirely alone, Gallo handed the mixing duties over to the often eccentric and always coveted multi-Grammy winner Tchad Blake, who’s catalog ranges from Paul McCartney, Tom Waits and Peter Gabriel to U2, The Black Keys, and RZA.
Released independently on March 30, 2018, “Tell Me the Ghost” was quickly met with acclaim from an array of media outlets including Billboard Magazine and NPR’s “All Songs Considered”.