Wednesday, 19 October 2016

How To Dress Well - Can't You Tell

How To Dress Well's fourth album Care was released almost a month ago so what better time to tell you how great my favourite song from the record is. I actually had to pull up ol' How To Dress Well's Wikipedia page because I honestly had no idea how many albums he had released. I think I first stumbled upon Tom Krell's alter ego around the release of his third album because I recall the track 'Repeat Pleasure'. Although, my favourite work of Krell's is his feature on RL Grime's 'Reminder' which was not only number 14 in my Top 25 Tracks of 2014 but also continues to be one of my favourite collaborations this blog has ever seen.

Back to the matter in hand, 'Can't You Tell'. Imagine the audacity you have to have as a musician to open an album with something as monstrous as this. Imagine. So unsuspecting in those opening few seconds and then Krell smacks you (very metaphorically) with a chorus of such immense gravitas it's enough to quick literally knock you off your feet. Obviously bearing in mind my extreme aversion to ballads, I do find some of How To Dress Well's tracks a little... boring but 'Can't You Tell' is quite honestly R&B/pop crossover perfection. I do strongly believe that Krell's vocals are some of the best in the game and I'd like to hope that more music types would pick up on that with the release of Care.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Allie X - That's So Us

I FINALLY LIKE AN ALLIE X SONG KLAXON! It has been such a long time coming and I am quite frankly relieved that this day is here. Allie X has been an artist for probably about a year, that a lot of humans who I respect within pop music have been standing behind and before now I didn't get it. It has taken some time. I am here. Do not worry.

'That's So Us' is real. This is a relatable song to all humans who have ever had a partner/friend who they hate but also love at the same time. There aren't enough songs that are this relatable for such a wide range of humans in general life. But what I really want to talk about is how amazing the video for 'That's So Us' could/would be because I have some serious visions.

Concept #1 - A mass polaroid slideshow of Allie X and partner (who the song is about obviously) doing various daily activities, having a nice time, having a not nice time, but then eventually having a nice time again by the end. This would work very well considering Allie X's current polaroid artwork aesthetic and I like this idea very much.

Concept #2 - Allie X is sitting around with... hold on, just came up with concept #3 and I think I like it better than concept #2, I may or may not come back to this one... (EDIT: I can't remember what this concept is/was... let's forget it.)

Concept #3 - Because we are suddenly in the 90s, Allie X and friends are all sitting around on a sofa having a nice time with wine and popcorn and the like watching actual VHS home video tapes of them all and the clips also feature clips of good and bad time with Allie's significant other. But as the clips go on, you see that there are far more good times than bad. At the end, the film watching has ceased and the significant other comes home/into the room and everybody lives happily ever after.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Loop - Losing My Mind

I've been meaning to post Loop for actual months and she keeps just slipping through my fingers through no one's fault bar mine, but the time for her to finally feature on WIIHAMB has come, I am sure that she is absolutely shook. I actually wish I knew when the video for this song was coming because posting that with this would be good... alas.

Story Time! So, Friday, friend of the blog Dan is like "yo, friend of life Simon is playing a show later, do you wanna come?" And obviously, I'm never busy so I'm like sure, let's go. Lo and behold, Simon just happens to play drums for ol' Loop here. So I'm like "oh shit, I am in fact familiar with this artiste by way of hits such as 'Looking At You' and new single 'Losing My Mind'." And with that a peculiar three degrees of separation was born.

Loop, real name Georgia Buchanan, is rather good at pop songs. Her latest pop song is the aforementioned 'Losing My Mind' and it's quite thoroughly enjoyable in every way, if I'm honest. I've decided that Loop doesn't show off the most amazing vocal range in her songs (or other various techy things like that) and that's absolutely fine, because her songs are so fun that you don't really notice. Every female pop artist at the moment is doing the same thing, that's a fact and it can definitely become tiresome, but there's something sassier and more forthcoming about Loop and her music. It all comes off quite well live too. She's opening a show for (long-term blog acquaintances) Close Up Promotions in London at the end of the month. If you're around you should probably go.