As the year has progressed, several great singles and EPs have been released for which I have written reviews or should have written reviews. I’ve waited for many of these bands to go ahead and release new full length albums before offering my thoughts, but several have not yet materialized. So, over the next week or two, I hope to share my enthusiasm for some great singles that have come along during 2014 that I’ve neglected to share.
“When I Fall in Love” 7”
The 7777777 7” singles club on the mouthful Where It’s At Is Where You Are Records has provided several excellent records in just a few short years. That small UK label was already making a name for itself in the indie circles, but now with these 7 annual singles being released each year as limited edition picture discs and a high quality variety of artists such This Wreckage favorites as Allo Darlin,’ Eux Autres, Standard Fare, and My Favorite, I think I have been remiss in not yet signing up.
Unfortunately, I am not a subscriber and was too slow to pick up The School’s entry into the 7777777 scene, but luckily, all of this great music is available via download. If anyone actually reads these music reviews I write, they’ll know that I love me some 60s girl group styled pop! And The School has been perfecting this sound for several years now. Their second album, 2012’s Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything, was my #36 pick for best records of the year. Liz Hunt’s naïve and plaintive, yet sweet vocals and words evoke simple times from our younger days, when worries were about crushes and who’s seeing who.
The formula has not changed one iota here, but this versatile and oddly huge band (eight piece last I checked) makes simple pop music that is so spot on perfect, it could be direct from an early 60s date night movie. The A-side, “When I Fall in Love,” begins with acoustic guitar strums, Hunt’s voice and tambourine splashes, before jumping jauntily into handclaps and a super catchy song espouses her determination that today is the day that she will fall in love and it will be eternal. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well, here it is. Excellent!
The B-side gives us a flowing melancholic song guided by organs, strings, and an excellent trumpet solo, as Liz begs to be with her guy through troubled times. This band’s strength is their simplicity and versatility. They seem to be able to pull off any kind of instrumentation flawlessly, without ever overwhelming the song itself. Now, does this mean there’s a new album coming soon?
The School "When I Fall in Love"