ARTIST: Film School
RELEASE DATE: 12/02/16
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
It’s great when old friends reconvene and manage to make music that not only lives up to the old material, but also hints at new developments. So it was with the release of Lush’s brand new song. And so it is with California’s Film School, who have just released their first new music since 2010. The chronology here is a tad complex, so forgive me if I get mixed up, but from what I can unpick, Film School formed in the late 90s, releasing their first album, Brilliant Career, in 2001. Three albums and a series of line-up changes followed and the band parted ways in 2011. However, they have rekindled their creative partnership and the EP June is the first fruits of this reunion.
Their original fuzzy sounds burble pleasingly throughout the EP, but this is sophisticated listening, rewarding repeats with new sounds and textures. City Lights is a powerful introduction, with its fuzzy swell and Joy Division-esque drums hooking our heartstrings from the start. The infectious energy of Give Up comes from that propulsive bass. I’m hearing this at festivals in sunny meadows across the globe. Or I would, if there were any justice…
It stays sultry with Waiting On A Cause, which is hypnotic and claustraphobic, like a hot afternoon in the city. The summery feel continues with the laid back June with its melting delays, and shimmering guitars. It’s a heat haze in song form, all laid back and lucious.
These feel like songs crafted by a band who’ve had the chance to get off the merry-go-round and ask if it’s worth the dizziness. They decided it was.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.