On BOYSTOWN, the new release from worldwide phenomenon Wouter Hamel, the artist returns to the throwback pop sounds of his breakthrough debut album Hamel (2007) and the platinum-selling follow-up Nobody’s Tune (2009).
But unlike Hamel’s previous releases, BOYSTOWN is much more of a band project, with band-made arrangements that take his audience on a tour of 60s Laurel Canyon pop, 70s AM radio feelgood sounds and tight arrangements reminiscent of early Brian Wilson. Throughout the album, Hamel’s warm jazzy vocals are the thread that ties the whole package together. The lead single, “Live It Up”, has the romantic, sweeping sound that, with Hamel’s pitch-perfect vocal track, delivers the feel of an unforgettable theme song from a classic movie, brimming with timeless themes of longing and hope that run through the musical world that Hamel has created in BOYSTOWN.
BOYSTOWN sees Hamel continuing to grow into the sound that, from his first release over a decade ago, has earned him a place in the hearts of the legions of retro-pop fans around the world, both in his home country and, increasingly, abroad.