From ambient intro ‘Slowdream’ to the slow R&B jam of ‘Lux’, from the swooning dream-pop of ‘Pale Saint’ and ‘Heliconia’ to the ecstatic hooks of ‘Heartbeat Overdrive’ and ‘Ghost’, The Dew Lasts An Hour is a fresh, vibrant take on the lush, emoting tropes of Eighties pop and rock, but sounds resolutely 21st century, its diverse influences placing the trio at the forefront of pop’s new alternative. Click HERE to listen to current single ‘Cherish’.
Ballet School began in early 2011 when Blair spotted Collet in Berlin’s U-Bahn underground, “playing amazingly delicate, arcane, beautiful guitar. We bonded over Cocteau Twins and immediately knew we had to be in a band together.” When the pair subsequently met McGuire in one of Kreuzberg’s artist-run spaces, witnessing the talented young drummer playing an electronic kit and simultaneously triggering bass lines, the trinity was complete.
Last year’s Boys Again EP included the pop-euphoric pair ‘Heartbeat Overdrive’ and ‘Ghost’, which appear on the album in re-recorded versions, likewise the dynamic ‘Yaoi’ with it’s early-Eighties Cure/Banshees guitar chime, alongside an alternative take on ‘Crush’ and seven brand new tracks. The album title may refer to the transience and fragility of youth, but Ballet School’s sublime debut is going to live on for a very long time.
Ballet School at The Workman’s Club 21st November 2014. Tickets are on sale now for €12.50 including booking fee from TicketMaster and outlets nationwideTickets are on sale now from ticketmaster.ie and outlets nationwide
Check out the latest reviews of Ballet School:
“Ballet School update and enhance their 80s forbears… In Rosie Blair they have a scale-busting singer who adds wonder to Michel Collet’s distinctly contemporary guitar work, while drummer Louis McGuire gives the whole package a lush and lavish coating”
Q – 4 Stars****
“Winning debut from Cocteau’s-inspired trip… Adopted Berliners Ballet School trade in a lustrous synth-pop rich in melody and introspection.”
Uncut – 8/10
“Like Tango In The Night Fleetwood Mac covering the Cocteau Twins… Its so audaciously pulled off it’s impossible not to grin and wonder why mainstream pop missed this trick 30 years ago.”
MOJO – 3 Stars***
“Machine-gun drums, Chvrches synths, Cocteau Twins guitar and vocal acrobatics from Rosie Blair – a 21st century Kate Bush with the range of Mariah Carey”.
NME – 7/10
“The music has an 80’s spaciousness, while singer Rosie Blair’s vocals have earned comparisons with everyone from Liz Fraser to Cyndi Lauper.”
“A polished debut for the Berlin-based noir-pop collective… Held together by the vocals of Rosie Blair, the album sounds like the coolest 80s sountrack”
Gay Times – 4 Stars****
“Ballet School channel eighties electro-pop in glorious fashion”.
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