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Prettyboy — Dejvická

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Abello long has been one of the most talented pure vocalists the state has to offer, but after dabbling in indie folk for a few years (and Christian music in his teens), he's fully embraced what is an obvious penchant for ’80s-soaked pop tunes. It suits him well.

Recorded in the Czech Republic, the two-track effort opens with "When U Say My Name." Taking off like the opening credits of a Top Gun remake, the Miami Vice synths and faint Flock of Seagulls guitar chords collide with more modern sensibilities that would have felt right at home on Twin Shadow's Confess. "Falling For U" brings early ’90s R&B into the fold, and the end result will garner totally warranted comparisons to Justin Timberlake.

Prettyboy's debut is definitely a step in the right direction for Abello, and it's a path that should take him far. Dejvická is available for download at prettyboymusic.bandcamp.com. —Joshua Boydston

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