Female-led synthpop seems to has crept up on us and resurged, so to speak. To name a few examples, Grimes, FKA Twigs and, most recently, Chvrches. Enter, Ballet School.
The sound is rooted in 80s pop, featuring once-Depeche Mode, Madonna-esque synth-bass stabs, eschewing some of the idiosyncrasies of the. I’m in the American heartland. It’s midnight and I’m driving down the highway. Bruce Springsteen subsides from the car radio and chiming reverby guitars open ‘Heartbeat Overdrive’. Tomorrow I’m going to pick my girl up and go to see The Breakfast Club. We’ll talk about getting out of this town and chasing the city dreams.
Next on my radio is Twin Shadow. I am misled, they are from Germany, although, I never made it to Berlin. America moved on to lo-fi twenty years ago. My heart tells me that Ballet School are more than a rehash, their soundcloud tells me they are more than a one-hit wonder. If right now Lorde feels like a Lana Del Ray knock-off, Ballet School offer the shade and tone you might be looking for.
- Harry -
P.S. After intially writing this piece I saw them live as a three-piece. They are a tempest on stage, led by sultry siren singer Rosie, who possesses vocal presence of Kate Bush/Alison Moyet and the attitude of Siouxsie Sioux. If anything her voices shines with greater freedom live. It was transcendental the whole way through. The full-length is going to be good.
P.P.S The last couple of days they’ve been promoting their new single ‘Crush’ complete with tastefully shot video.