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CD On Songs: Secret School – "Goodbye Party"

June 21, 2010

Well snap, crackle and pop: C.D. went and had himself a baby this weekend! He’s kind of busy right now, so in his absence, our old friend Richard Bouchard (a.k.a. indierockranger) has written today’s review. Tomorrow night is the debut show from Secret School (a.k.a. Andrew Sutherland) who’ll be providing the soundtrack to your dance party at Enormous Room in Central Square. -Ed. (a.k.a. Ashley)

Secret School – “Goodbye Party”
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Secret School has crafted a sound that is both otherworldly and human, clearly taking pains to ensure that the electronic element doesn’t completely drown out the organic. More brooding synth than celebratory dance pop, “Goodbye Party” is songwriter Andrew Sutherland studying himself and inviting us to listen, letting us tag along to his confession in some neon lit cathedral.

On this track, Sutherland fills the room with sounds, then sets them bouncing off each other to echo in the rafters. The result sounds more personal and far less sterile than most forays into the dance pop genre. It remains melancholy to its core but is catchy enough to not slow to a digital funeral dirge.

“I should be having a good time, but it’s way too late, I got too old and fun don’t come for the last in line.” Indeed it does not.

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