Ballet School don't actually have all that much to do with ballet, but their music is as terrifically melodramatic, with huge vocal performances supplanted into a backdrop of sparkling 80s synth-pop. 'The Dew Lasts an Hour' sounds like if Purity Ring were more straight-forward, and has hints of a less morose Chromatics too. Bella Union have released "Cherish" from the record, which is full of vocal show-boating and marching indie rock drums. Let's get loud.
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One of Bella Union’s newest signings Ballet School really impressed me with their last EP ‘Boys Again’ so I’ve been quite excited about their debut album ‘The Dew Lasts An Hour’, surprisingly It’s an altogether more commercial sounding record with the emphasis on big anthemic choruses and soaring synths. That certainly isn’t a bad thing though as this is a debut full of whimsical charm and eighties nostalgia, singer Rosie Blair has a sparkling yet ethereal voice that stretches and warbles to mountainous heights and the twinkling guitars and keyboards make for a more synthetic take on the current shoegaze revival.
This Berlin based trio have tapped into the spirit of eighties acts like Altered Images, The Cure and The Banshees and dunked it in a huge bucket of Cocteau Twins/Lush style dreampop, full of catchy pop hooks but with a blissful sheen of shoegaze brilliance.
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