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The new School Of Language album is called Old Fears and it’s set for release on Memphis Industries on April 8, 2014.
Old Fears. It’s a pop record. A place of clipped falsetto, melancholic funk, iridescent electro, shimmering post-punk, futurist prog. A self-contained sphere of strange sensations. Beguiling textures. Lengthening shadows.
At times it is both liminal and minimal, at others emotive and external. Ambiguous and ambient. Tantalizing and tempered. Modern. Unique. And funny too. “I wrote a lot of notes and they seemed to distinctly split into things to do with love and things to do with fear,” says David Brewis. “A lot of it has ended up with me looking back at when I was 19, 20 – my formative years. So though I wouldn’t want to call it a concept album it’s definitely themed.”
Old Fears. Here each song has been honed and polished into something pure, like a vast block of marble chiseled down into a perfectly tiny delicate egg of Fabergé-esque perfection. Recorded throughout 2013 in Field Music’s studio on the banks of the River Wear in Sunderland, synth flourishes sit alongside the staccato jarring guitars of ‘A Smile Cracks’ and the metronomic rhythms of ‘Dress Up’. Like a Ballard novel or a George Shaw painting, ‘Between The Suburbs’ offers perhaps the most lyrical and poetic moment, where “Dogs chase patterns, play to attention / Bulbs glare on greasy roads…”.
The title track meanwhile is reminiscent of the haunting Giallo film scores of Goblin or Kosmische music at its most moving, while ‘Moment Of Doubt’ displays shades of Brian Eno and Robert Wyatt. Other oblique influences come in the form of early Justin Timberlake and N*E*R*D albums, “a bunch of disco records,” Canadian experimentalist Sandro Perri, Dr John, Fela Kuti and Shalamar.
Old Fears. A haunted collection that occupies a strange, hazy hinterland of permanent gloaming. One where snatched melodies pass each one another like cars gliding by at night on their way back to the silent suburbs. These are polished pieces composed without contrivance. Old Fears. An album that is neither retrogressive or futurist, but simply anchored in the moment. Pure.
By beautiful album closer ‘You Kept Yourself’ one is left with the sensation of seeing, smelling and tasting the world anew.
School of Language will be on tour to support the record as follows:
April 07, Newcastle, The Cluny
April 10, Paris, Point Ephemere
April 22, Bristol, Exchange
April 23, London, The Lexington
April 25, Glasgow, Broadcast
April 26, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
April 28, Manchester, Deaf Institute
School of Language
Street Date: April 8, 2014
A Smile Cracks
Suits Us Better
Between The Suburbs
Moment of Doubt
So Much Time
You Kept Yourself