Friday, November 5, 2021

Chime School - Chime School

If we were to make a word cloud for the self-titled debut LP by Chime School, it would bear remarkable similarity to the word cloud we would make for the music we cover on this blog -- jangle, chime, '80s guitar pop, C86, Creation Records, '60s folk rock, Flying Nun, and Glasgow indie pop. But if we had to sum it up in a few words, it would be: A jangle pop triumph.

And the prize goes to creator Andy Pastalaniec, who has manned the drum kits for other San Francisco bands Seablite and Cruel Summer. Here he wields a 12 string in fine fashion, layering artfully to create a robust wall of melodic but upbeat and energetic jangle. All of the songs are delectable treats, and the listener can be forgiven wishing that Andy hadn't stopped at ten. Of course, depending on your own tastes a few will stand out, and we have selected a few below. However, we urge you to go to Bandcamp and stream the entire LP while your purchase is being processed, because it is Friday and you deserve it. For that matter, Andy deserves it too.

Chime School is out today via Slumberland Records.

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