ARTIST:

I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

RAZZMATAZZ

(2020)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

POP

TAGS:
80's, Easy-Listening, Electro, Funky, Old School
"The duo of I Don't Know How But They Found Me takes us on their DeLorean for a deliciously regressive musical journey made of classy pop."
NUNO777 (18.01.2021)  
3/5
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When the present is too intolerable, and these last few months have been particularly intolerable, a natural and human reflex is to take refuge as best we can in an era that calls for more comforting memories. This is precisely the artistic orientation of the duo Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman in I Don't Know How But They Found Me (iDKHOW). Already two years after the promising EP "1981 Extended Play" was released, here is the album "Razzmatazz" about which we had made an appointment to judge the potential of the Americans.

The duo embodies all the creative effervescence of this new millennium that transcends styles and ages by playing on nostalgic references that have become timeless. It does so without any perceptible willingness to plagiarize, with a sincere preference for the codes of the 70s and 80s and a very modern anchoring. The almost forty minutes of "Razzmatazz" are not too much to share all the musical diversity it carries. iDKHOW is an unbridled machine capable of going from a piano-voice blueprint ('Nobody Likes The Opening Band') to a retro and dancing funk ('Leave Me Alone'), or from a languorous and sexy electro ('New Invention') to new wave ('Sugar Pills'). The hooks are immediate and catchy, the visual staging sophisticated, but iDKHOW is above all an association of gifted and daring musicians who fine-tune its arrangements and vocals.

In the second part of the record, the pop music becomes more classy and generous in instrumentation ('Clusterhug', 'Razzmatazz' or 'Lights Go Down' and its indie-rock side à la Everything Everything) and the band plays on the conjugation of classical and more modern sounds. It's not uncommon to hear brass instruments (the trumpet in the jazzy 'From The Gallows' and the saxophone in 'Razzmatazz' and 'Lights Go Down') or to hear violins playing in a very electro ensemble ('Kiss Goodnight'). We find the same application in the voices that sometimes carry the majestic Queen's signature ('Nobody Likes The Opening Band' and 'From The Gallows'). If the duo is undeniably charming, it is also endearing when it reveals an ounce of restraint in more intimate songs like the enchanting mid-tempo 'Kiss Goodnight', or 'Door' and 'Need You Here' accompanied by piano.

After an EP with an 80's orientation in its title, the duo Dallon Weekes and Ryan Seaman takes advantage of the space offered by a long-lasting album to vary his refined pop even more and show the full extent of his compositional and interpretative qualities. In each song on "Razzmatazz", it is a flood of happiness that is released.


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SIMILAR BANDS:
DAVID BOWIE, MUSE, QUEEN


TRACK LISTING:
01. Leave Me Alone
02. Indoctrination
03. Mad IQs
04. Nobody Likes The Opening Band
05. New Invention
06. From The Gallows
07. Clusterhug
08. Sugar Pills
09. Kiss Goodnight
10. Lights Go Down
11. Need You Here
12. Door
13. Tomorrow People
14. Razzmatazz

LINEUP:
Dallon Weekes: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Piano
Ryan Seaman: Batterie / Percussions
   
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