The School is an eight-piece from Cardiff with classic UK indie pop tunes coated in retro '60s-girl-group frosting. However, I'd urge you to skip the easy comparisons to Belle & Sebastian or Camera Obscura. There's a lot more going on here that it might seem.
First , the band's debut album, Loveless Unbeliever, was produced by Ian Catt--a multi-instrumentalist most closely linked with Saint Etienne--a group that really knows its way around the '60s. He lends the entire affair a slickness that most bands only develop around album number three.
Secondly, the group doesn't shy away from Big Topics: Love ("I Want You Back"), loss ("The One Who Left Me"), and the lingering uncertainty of life in your late-20s and early-30s. Rarely is it all bundled up as directly and as beautifully as it is here.
Today's track is "Let It Slip." As in, if you leave me, will you go straight back to her? The answer never appears. I bet it's because our frontwoman never quite worked up the guts to really ask.
And that's what makes it such a crackerjack pop song.
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