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Looms — How It Has To Be (August 4, 2017)

                Looms — How It Has To Be (August 4, 2017)   Looms — How It Has To Be (August 4, 2017)  ★★★★★   Album má atmosféru, mixující styl starších Chicagských kapel s indie rockovým vkusem. Zatímco texty vyprávějí příběh, zvukově vyleštěné nástroje jsou skutečnými hvězdami. Looms vytvořili zvuk, který vám připomene letní odpoledne, které byste nejraději nikdy neukončili. Účelem kvarteta z Brooklynu je navodit právě tuto atmosféru. Pro začátek zvolili dobrou Byrds~esku s kytarovým valem, hlavním poznávacím znakem alba je však jednoznačně vřelý zvuk Rhodes Piana (Sharif Mekawy/ex Hot Curl, člen Oceanographer). Ať už plní funkci hlavní melodické linky nebo jen tak probublávají a kolorují zvukové obrázky, Sharif pokládá na klávesnici ruce nad zlato. Že k tomu navíc zpívá a dokonce snad lépe, než Taylor Goldsmith z Dawes, o úrovni alba dost napovídá. Jeho hlas je ovšem výraznější, v písni Going Through přechází do jakési protestní podoby. Paradoxně toto je jediný nedostatek alba oproti formaci Dawes, kteří dokážou zpívat všichni ve vícehlasech, zde mi to občas chybí. Zbytek parku plní spíše roli doprovodu, zato velmi vkusně. Působí to jako lehká jízda. Záměr se daří, dodává písním návykovost a nadčasovost. Jejich zvuk je kombinací arpeggiované kytary, éterických a melodických vokálů, teskných tónů s potenciálem osvěžit dalekou a únavnou cestu tak, jak to kdysi dokázali Nektar nebo Beggars Opera. 
ALBUM PREMIERE: THE DAZZLING DEPTH OF LOOMS’ ‘HOW IT HAS TO BE’. { A summer afternoon. }Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.Location: Brooklyn, NY, United States
Genre: Singer~Songwriter,  
Album release: August 4, 2017
Record Label: Little Dickman Records (Asbury Park, New Jersey)
Duration:     41:33
Tracks:
01. Cages     3:24
02. Tomorrow     3:20
03. Floodlines     4:20
04. Winter Here     4:33
05. New York     4:57
06. Again     3:14
07. Untitled     4:34
08. All of a Sudden     5:01
09. Going Through     4:10
10. Only One     4:00
Personnel:
★     Sharif Mekawy (vocals, keys, guitar),
★     Harry Morris Jr. (guitar),
★     A. Hammond Murray (bass) and
★     Louis Cozza (drums)
Influences: Wilco, Neko Case, Radiohead, Regina Spektor, The Beatles, Dr. Dog, Led Zeppelin, Sondre Lerche, and many more..
End of the day
Has brought you away
You can’t stand another winter here
End of an age
Nothing to say
You can’t look back to changeFotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.                                             © ★≡≡★≡→ Photo credit: Soul Shot Photography
Review
★   “Time’s got a funny way of repeating itself these days,” sings Looms frontman Sharif Mekawy on the song “Floodlines.” Boy, does it. Everything in nature seems to be cyclical to some extent, but it takes a keen eye to fit all those puzzle pieces together. On their dazzling new album How It Has To Be, Looms explore the interconnectedness of our relationships, experiences and emotions — touching not only on the way life repeats itself, but also on the significance of those old and new encounters to the individual. A mature, reflective inward journey, How It Has To Be resonates with the energy of a resilient soul surrendering to the world at large.
★   Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering Looms’ sophomore album How It Has To Be (out August 4, 2017 via Little Dickman Records). The NYC four~piece of Sharif Mekawy (vocals, keys, guitar), Harry Morris Jr. (guitar), A. Hammond Murray (bass) and Louis Cozza (drums), Looms’ music passively defies genre, and therefore cannot be limited to any strict definition. In premiering the band’s song “Winter Here” earlier this year, we noted how Looms “blend a consistently inconsistent mix of folk, electronic, rock, jazz, and more into a warm, melodically rich vision of sound.” This is especially the case on their new record, where every song carries its own vibe, tone, warmth and energy.
★   What can be said with certainty about Looms is the intensity of passion they unleash on every song: Mekawy’s wry, poetic and often somber musings are bolstered by his band members’ acute sense of dynamics and pulse. Looms’ songs rise and fall in great waves of evocative tension: You are guaranteed to learn some deeper truth about yourself through this record, whether you want to or not.
★   Or perhaps you’ll just leave with more questions. Either way, How It Has To Be offers a compelling narrative as Looms grow comfortably and confidently into their own, offering fresh thoughts and a vibrant soundtrack to tales that are — for lack of a better term — as old as time. Listen to the full record through Atwood Magazine’s exclusive stream, and peek inside How It Has to Be with Atwood Magazine as Looms provide their personal take on the album’s songs.Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.
Track by track:
Cages
★   This is probably the most stream of conscious song I’ve written. I was literally walking around with Harry writing line after line, showing him one by one as it came.
Tomorrow
★   Most of these songs are about specific people and moments, but this one wasn’t about anyone or anything in particular. It was more of a general idea of hopefulness toward the future.
Floodlines
★   When I wrote this I was going through a very emotional breakup, and I felt like I was experiencing the other side of what my college girlfriend might have felt like when we broke up.
Winter Here
★   It’s about a girl who couldn’t bare another winter in New York and my uncertainties about the whole situation.
New York
★   I wrote this while traveling through Europe with Harry. We really wanted to write a song while on vacation abroad, so we took an afternoon on Mykonos and worked until we finished it.
Again
★   Another song about a relationship that ended and the realizations I made.
Untitled
★   It’s not really a surprise to me that I couldn’t figure out a title for this. The lyrics are pretty juvenile and painfully straightforward. I had no idea what the fuck was happening, and clearly didn’t know how to say it.
All of a Sudden
★   I met someone I immediately connected to and started hanging out with. One day, out of nowhere, she told me that we couldn’t be friends anymore because she got engaged and he didn’t like the idea of me being in her life. I read that and wrote this in twenty minutes.
Going Through
★   Another ode to an ex, though despite the lyrics, she probably has a good idea of what I was going through.
Only One
★   This song was written before any of the others on the record. I’ve always try to write objectively so that the music is open to interpretation, but when I first started writing, the songs were very literal accounts of what I was experiencing. This is a good example of that.
I hope the best
For you the rest
I hope you find what you need
I’m wondering why
The rain in the sky
Falls so hard
★   http://atwoodmagazine.com/looms-hihtb-has-to-be-premiere/
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/loomsband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LoomsMusic // https://www.facebook.com/sharif.mekawy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoomsMusicNYC
Bandcamp: https://littledickmanrecords.bandcamp.com/album/how-it-has-to-be
Label: http://www.littledickman.com/Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.                                                                                                  Sharif Mekawy
★★★★★_____________________________________________________★★★★★

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