REVIEW: Night School – Blush

Imagine a barbershop quartet singing lullabies to a summer night. The breeze smells of salt and you just want to sway. Oakland-based group Night School represents the epitome of girlish charm on their beachy new EP Blush. The 60s style trio brings a certain charisma to their tunes, from vocals to rhythm. Night School’s genre seems to fit in many boxes, but they’ve successfully combined a spoonful of indie princess lyrics, a dash of garage rock reverb, and a pinch of shoegaze ambience to create their latest work.

The album hits a high note early on with “Last Disaster.” It creates the manic pixie dream girl vibe that swings with the tempo of the track. Song after song vocalists Alexandra and Baylie gracefully layer tunes over each other. And what’s a charming, beachy album without a love song? The girls introduce “Casanova” with a bouncy beat and sad lyrics. The Spotify best-seller laments about the woes of crushing on that special human. Night School seems like a group of melancholic girls sitting at the windowsill with words like, “Well it doesn’t matter anymore / I put my guts out on the floor, and for what.” After slow jam “Misty and Blue,” “Airplanes” comes in to land with its low-key affectionate lyrics. While “Airplanes” has a quicker tempo than “Misty,” the album keeps a natural cadence throughout, as though this is all just a cruise down the street.

GIST: Blush embodies the skirt-swaying retro girls from the days of vintage cars and diner milkshakes. The band mimicks those barbershop quartets–a trio in this case–but with a dash of garage rock and doo wops. They sing lullaby after lullaby throughout the record that’ll perk up your day.

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