School – SoLong

Gothenburg quartet School make upbeat and snappy dream-pop. There’s a welcomingly familiar quality about their tunes – a balanced combination of influence and inspiration. Despite having formed only recently, the sound they’ve developed is already well-honed and rich in texture. The musicianship stellar. The songwriting brimming with promise.

With its charging, frenetic drum patterns and Alice Botéus’s delicious, melodic vocals scaling the rafters, SoLong‘s infectious, bass-driven dream-pop hits the ground running. Guitars weave and chime, chipping away in harmony alongside a well-composed, robust Simon Raymonde-esque bass line. Clocking in at just under three minutes, the momentum of the track never dips. An engaging debut single that ought to turn heads.

Paul Baird