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School of Night is the solo project of Antlers dude Darby Cicci, and on this debut EP he’s showing off five tracks of impeccably polished darkpop with an emotional falsetto (Phil points out he sounds like Chris Martin). It’s moody and downbeat but smooth and soulful, with warm round bass tones and fluttering synths and silkily understated guitar lines, particularly impressive in the brooding ‘Fire Escape’, all The xx-esque understatement floating on a bed of shimmering synth drones.
There are touches of brass in a few of the tracks that are really effective too, and I like the weird backwards sounds of in the intro of closer ‘Vacuum’, although I’m a little ambivalent about his sad soulful vocal style towards the end here - a little smooth and soaring for my tastes but not objectively bad by any means. Overall a mixed but very respectable EP of polished indie-soul with an intriguing experimental side which I hope features more heavily on his next release.
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