Release Date: Oct 24, 2011
Record label: Lefse Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop
The sound A Classic Education conjures up on their debut album Call It Blazing is like a warm embrace. The guitars jangle and swoon in a tangle of gentle reverb, keys slide gracefully in and out of the mix, the drums are cushioned by the layers of sound, and singer Jonathan Clancy's crooning vocals ride the waves like a nocturnal surfer. Producer Jarvis Taveniere captures the band in time like a blurry Polaroid looking and sounding like a perfect blend of Galaxie 500 dreamy, early Shins wistful, and Go-Betweens smart.
The indie rock landscape is as tumultuous as it is dynamic, but one pattern is as predictable as congestion on the M25: whenever a pioneering outfit makes landfall, a wave of eager imitators inevitably washes ashore. In this second category, we find these six Bologna-based gentlemen. In most instances, a group’s sound is described by intangible adjectives that convey some subjective impression.