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 James Sturgis’ largely unintelligible vocal delivery, as would William Reid Nathan 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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- I'll cut the hackneyed platitudes, but bloody hell, if you ever get the opportunity to go see @serafinasteer, do. http://t.co/SjqnAOsE33 about 11 hours ago from web
- Dots & Dashes' Track of the Week comes from the (mercifully) returning @sharonvanetten. Stream Taking Chances: http://t.co/B09ON2VXEW about 1 day ago from web
- The bad news? That Neutral Milk Hotel, Mac DeMarco and Xiu Xiu all play that night, too: http://t.co/lEcyTwO8Dp about 1 day ago from web
- The good news? Speedy Ortiz return to London, playing Islington's Electrowerkz May 22nd. Brilliant last time out, too http://t.co/jaoKKsGPG4 about 1 day ago from web