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Trent Dabbs

The Way We Look at Horses

(Ready Set; US: 5 Nov 2013; UK: 5 Nov 2013)

Dabbs Turns In Another Fine Collection

A musical workaholic, The Way We Look at Horses marks Trent Dabbs’s fourth solo album in as many years. (And that’s not counting 2010’s Transition EP or 2012’s debut album from Sugar & the Hi Lows, his collaboration with Amy Stroup, or that group’s holiday EP dropped later that year.) Given the short time between recordings, it isn’t surprising that little has changed Dabbs’s musical outlook since 2012’s Future Like Snow. Most of these songs strike at the same staid, steady musical vein that Dabbs has been mining for several years now. Nothing wrong with that—it is a style all his own: equal parts pop, folk, and rock, tied to a flair for production. Even though some of the album is a little heavy-handed, Dabbs mostly manages to feel loose and fun, especially on the rollicking “She’s My Destination” and the almost ’80s-rock “Confetti Girl”.

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Taylor Coe currently works in academic publishing and spends most of his free time trolling the Internet for music and film reviews, along with digesting unhealthy amounts of television. He has an affinity for Townes Van Zandt and other like-minded Texan singer-songwriters, not to mention a borderline-worrisome obsession with the Scottish band Frightened Rabbit. In the ninth grade, his most-played song of all time may or may not have been "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates. Years later, he finds this somewhat embarrassing - which is not unlike his feelings for lots of other things about ninth grade.


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Trent Dabbs is a Nashville-via-Mississippi artist who specializes in darkly romantic songs that mix hypnotic, New Romantic-syle balladry and modern dream pop, incorporating lush layers of guitars, keyboards, and reverb.
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