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The School

Let It Slip

(Elefant; US: Unavailable; UK: 18 Jun 2008)

On the cover of the debut EP by the School, you can see singer/songwriter Liz Hunt laying on her floor amidst a pile of LPs that include Big Star, Television, and Paul McCartney. What’s interesting, though, is how the School’s music sounds nothing like this, instead coming off as some sweet indie-pop distillation not too far removed from Belle & Sebastian. The opening title track comes off as some great Pipettes B-side, replete with “ooh-bah-bah” vocal coos and a bright melody, while the sweet, nostalgia-inducing “Shoulder” winds up being a pleasant little tale of love and friendship. If there’s any major fault with the School, it’s that their sound never rises above their obvious influences, but their carefree sense of fun ultimately renders such criticism moot: it’s not going to change your life, but Let it Slip is still one helluva good time.

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Evan Sawdey started contributing to PopMatters in late 2005, and has also had his work featured in publications such as SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and many more. Evan has been a guest on HuffPost Live, RevotTV's "Revolt Live!", and WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C. (Big Break Records), the 2012 re-release of 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry (Hot Shot Records), and many others. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye should you be so inclined.


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