Ballet School – ‘Boys Again’

The debut EP is much more twisted and intriguing than just another ethereal pop echo.

“Her voice is utterly amazing – reminds me of Liz Fraser plus the Cranberries,” wrote Grimes of Ballet School singer Rosie Blair’s lusty, breathy croon. That Cocteau-ish quality may have persuaded Simon Raymonde to sign the Berlin-based band to Bella Union, but once you pass ‘Ghost’ – the moony, uninspired epic that opens the band’s debut EP – things become much more twisted and intriguing than just another ethereal pop echo. Ballet School have the romantic, gated strut of New Order circa ‘Temptation’ and the warped ’80s synthpop abrasion of Grimes’ Arbutus labelmates Tops, as well as Blair’s most exciting vocal quality: the Cyndi Lauper-ish yawp she shows off on ‘Crush’.

Laura Snapes

Details

Record label: Bella Union
Release date: 21 Oct, 2013