On the Horizon: ’90s Inebriation, Ballets.

On the Horizon: ’90s Inebriation, Ballets.

I’ve yet to make it to New Mexico, much as I’d like to. I have, however, seen many a photo of Prefab Sprout’s beloved Albuquerque, and its sepia hills and psychedelic swirls of sky overhead certainly look as though they could inspire a mighty fine natural hallucination all of their own accord. It was arguably these which inspired the slooshy slosh of Ballets’ Behind Your Smile, the Yankee four-piece operating straight outta said city, and the song itself is a work of gooey, woozy beauty. Bilinda Butcher would doubtless approve of┬áJames Sturgis’ largely unintelligible vocal delivery, as would William Reid┬áNathan Bickley’s decidedly gauzy guitar lines. And while pearly whites reside behind most smiles, there’s an encyclopaedic knowledge of ’90s inebriation behind Ballets’ most cogent work yet.

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