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- Is Anybody Out There by The Ballet
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 05 September 2013
Right, this is really good. The obvious comparison is Magnetic Fields, but there is something else brought to the party...and that something else is...Frazier Chorus. It’s been awhile since someone has been so obviously influenced by Martin Freeman’s brother’s old band. It’s synthpop but gently done and I like the way the words are paced out, it all takes its time but it means that you are rather hanging on every word as they take so bloody long to arrive.
I think I like the B side even better its all cheap synths and drum machines and a laconic Stephin Merritt drawl. I like the way the singer is so laid back he can barely be bothered to get the words out. The track builds really sweetly culminating in a lovely outro where some glacial guitars join the mix giving a little glimpse of how The Field Mice might sound had they not been the raving sex-obsessed hetrosexuals they turned out to be.
9/10 Ron C Customer review, 1st May 2014
THE BALLET 'Is Anybody Out There' (Fortuna Pop) Indie-pop which has an 80s/90s feel with prominent dreamy synth & a dead pan gentle deliberate vocal. Actually really beautiful hypnotic uplifting stuff even if the lyrics don't quite give that impression "the high school's on fire & the churches are as well" :o) Reminds of a fine band called Slipstream (whatever happened to them) on the Ché label from the 90s. B side 'Time Machine' sounding like a multi dubbed demo minimalist Vampire Weekend is just as good "life could be a dream with a time machine". Members are Greg (vocals), Craig & Marina. Two slight criticisms are the dinked centre which Fortuna Pop seems to like (are there still jukeboxes in existence out there?) plus the labelled cover which even if different is a bit uninspiring but nevertheless the quality of these two performances & sides overrides these minor issues. Quiet brilliance which every home should have.
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