Rest assure that Dundonian Duo School of Paris (formerly known as LULL) won’t forget this past week in a hurry. Having released their debut single under their new title; then kicking off their weekend with their first live show back at Glasgow’s much esteemed King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.
Labelling themselves as “Dundee Dark Disco” it was intriguing to hear what the band had in store. Upon listening the blend of glittering synthesisers and hollow vocals deemed the band’s description justifiable, delivering a buoyant New Romantic sound reminiscent of acts such as Depeche Mode and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
The ringing of a bell pad accompanied by a simplistic drumbeat and a bewitching synth line opens the track. Instantly expose the powerful emotion poured into the song. A track that narrates a person feeling estranged but finally conforming in a society where everybody is different. Not only conveyed but elegantly supported by the hectic yet homely feel of the keyboards. The definitive use of synthesiser delivered a state of ecstasy. Reeling in the listener and leaving them with nothing but the urge to bop along. The verses effortlessly create the foundation of the track as a rumbling bass guitar accompanied by a flowing synthesiser creates a platform for the cavernous vocals to round off a great track.
Commendably it’s difficult to believe a track such as this one was created by just two people. Nonetheless, School of Paris captured that retro atmosphere perfectly, bringing an incredible era of music back into the 21st century. In all an outstanding track in which I’m sure went down a treat with the crowd at King Tuts.