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How to Dress Well


Tom Krell has never been shy about naming his influences. On Love Remains, his How to Dress Well debut, there were pop and R&B acts like Michael Jackson and Bobby Brown. He's no less forthcoming about his inspirations behind his heartbreaking second album, Total Loss.  During a couple of songs he provides a roll call: Mama, Robbie, Nicky, Ryan, Dan,... None of these people are famous, none of these are musicians. They are all real people from Krell's life. Some have died, some have vanished in thin air, others have slowly slipped of his radar. Many of them including himself are struggling with depression. So Total Loss gives you fair warning about what to expect. This album uses the common tools of pop/r&b expression like autobiography, confession, four-minute songs to create a work of devastating art. 

It's melodramatic and over the top, it's worth a gasp and a tear, even if it sometimes is Michael Jackson-worthy, like & It Was U and Running Back. 
Score: A 

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The Great American Canyon Band

I hope many of you will remember the interview with this band. It was by far one of the most inspiring interviews I did. The GACB released Young Lady a couple of days ago. A gorgeous new song! I hope they will release more songs in the future 'cause this tastes like more, many more! The video is some old footage from NASA that they found in an archive, very cool video! Hope you like it and you can download the song here

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The Vaccines

The Vaccines have had a hell of a year, one day you're releasing What did you expect from The Vaccines? and the other day you're touring all over the world with this record, if that ain't a dream of every upcoming artist.. Well, after their world tour, they released their second album Come Of Age and I must say it is pretty different than their debut album. You probably already know their single Teenage Icon which has been played all summer on a lot of radio stations. Well, the sound of Teenage Icon represents the sound of the whole album pretty good, which I think is a reassuring thing!

Opening track No Hope was a blog-hype as well, and The Vaccines were already playing it on their summer shows (for example on Rock Werchter). Although, it is a pretty powerful song and a great way to kick off your new album. It also revives The Vaccines' riot side of making music if you listen to the lyrics of the song: I don't really care about anybody else when I haven't got my own life figured out...

I Always Knew certainly is a new side of The Vaccines we haven't heard yet. The way Justin Young uses his voice in the verses is new to me, but I have to say, I kind of like it! And when you hear the chorus of I Always Knew, you hear their ambition of one day selling out stadiums.

All In Vain reminds me of their previous albums, it reminds me of tracks like A Lack of Understanding and Under Your Thumb. Ghost Town is like some new Arctic Monkeys' track and the opening and verse of Weirdo reminds me a lot of Joy Division. 

It might have striked you already that Come Of Age really is less explosive than their debut album, it's more of a relaxing album, since tracks like Wrecking Bar, If You Wanna and Norgaard are missing on Come of Age, except for Change Of Heart Pt. 2 and Bad Mood. These two tracks are an absolute explosion after you've been listening to the first seven tracks of the album. It has to be said: the tracks might be as explosive as the ones of What did you expect from The Vaccines?, but they aren't as catchy at all, which is sin.

Anyhow, I really enjoyed their new album and new sound. I think everybody knows how hard it is for a band to create a better record than your first if your first was absolutely brilliant, check for example The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club, The Temper Trap, Beach House,.. so it's not a shame at all that Teenage Icon isn't as good as What did you expect from The Vaccines? .

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Elbow

A year after they released their last and stunning album Buld A Rocket Boys!, Elbow is back. You might have seen them live the last year at a lot of festivals in Europe, they've been touring quite a lot the last year, and they performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games of Londen this year, too.

Now, the recent album: Dead In The Boot, is an album like we're used to from Elbow, usage of a whole orchestra and multiple vocals, perfect for a night chilling in your seat, in the car,... 

Opener Whisper Grass is probably the most mysterious song I know from Elbow, they build up a huge tension and after a minute of two they unleash the bomb. Might not be the best song on the album, but what a way to open your album with. Lucky Disease is rather melancholic, kind of like Lippy Kids, with only Guy's vocals, drums and a smooth guitar-riff opening the track. When the chorus hits in, they call in some hornets, which results in a beautiful instrumental chorus. It's like your standing in a grassy field, with the sun shining on your cheeks, really.

The Long War Shuffle makes me think of western movies and Texas folks, probably because of the upbeat rythm and the particular usage of the guitar here. Great song, a new sort of sound coming from Elbow, who would have thought that.. Every Bit The Little Girl is a kind of interlude between the previous songs and the ones coming, it's like Elbow switches style for a moment, since after Every Bit The Little Girl, Guy uses his voice a lot more and in another way than on the opening songs.

Love Blown Down is my least favourite track on the album. Why? Simple: Guy uses an effect on his voice that kind of ruins his beautiful and packed voice. Lullaby, on the contrary, is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Sweet drumlines, a piano and Elbow's voices, that's all what this band needs to create a song that is so beautiful it will remind you of your best moments in life. 

McGregor surely is the most powerful song on the new record, Guy screams his soul out while Richard Jupp slams his drums with a lot of power.

Another beautiful song on this album is Buffalo Ghost, just listen to the song: no words are needed here.

Elbow succeeded to amaze us, again, without completely stepping off their style of music. They remain faithful to their old way of making records: build a tension, and when the tension is so high they release a bomb of a song, followed by a rather soft and melancholic song. It kind of results in a rollercoaster of emotions, and, for me this album had the biggest difference in emotions so far.

Enjoy!

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Two Door Cinema Club

It has been more than two year since Two Door Cinema Club released their outstanding debut album Tourist History, and yesterday they released their newest album Beacon, for real. Last week they released it on Soundcloud, for everybody to stream it and pre-order it. Anyway, Beacon might not be as fresh and catchy as their debut album was, but it sure is a great album as well. Sleep Alone is playing on the radio's all over the world, and might be the best track of the album. Next Year is very catchy as well, where Alex Trimble opens a capella, one of TDCC's most known quality. Another great track on the album is Wake Up, with very danceable drumlines and a catchy chorus. Someday could have been a track on Tourist History for sure, it really reminds me of Cigarettes in the Theatre, Undercover Martyn and Something Good Can Work.

In general, Two Door Cinema Club's new record is a lot more laidback than their debut album, which really was the bomb. Maybe we expected too much from the new record, but it hasn't really convinced me, although it really ain't a bad album, not at all. It is necessary for bands to reveal other and better sounds as well, but I think Two Door Cinema Club already found their best sound (on their previous album). Anyway, give the new album a chance, maybe I'm the only one who loved their old sound more than the new sound.

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MTown

I ran across this cool hip hop artist called MTown. He just released Summer's Midnight Memories II, a brand new mixtape! It's a mixtape with 13 original songs. This guy has the beats to make it! Very cool, enjoy! 

You can download the mixtape here!

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Holy Other

We are a bit late with this one but here is it anyway, the album we all have been waiting for! Holy Other released Held last week! A very very good LP with a good variation of styles. In some songs you can find a little poppy touch and in others you'll find this cool minimal/dnb touch. I love this album so much and I hope you will do to! You can stream some songs underneath! Holy Shit!

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