Let's be clear before we start - I doubt this album will get reviewed by DiS. I'm not even sure they'll have received a copy and so it'll likely go unnoticed.
Which is a shame.
I discovered Selebrities after they were flagged up on The Guardian's 'Band of the Day' on-line column which I frequent more than occasionally. I'm a bit irrational about all things 80s so all talk of a band doing justice to the sounds of that decade and receiving praise for it rather than the scorn usually heaped on those shameless chancers always ready to hijack a 'Hooky' bassline or a Cure riff.
I listened to about two songs on their mySpace page I think and then I seemed to have gotten a bit excited after that 'cause' the next I knew I was staring at bothe their EPs on my iTunes library.
Both 'Ladies Man Effect' and 'We've Been Foolish' are worthy of recognition here, especially the first because it's one of those collection of songs which instantly makes you think, "Now THIS is why I love this type of music." Tracks like 'Secret Garden', 'Time' and 'The Moonlight' don't sound fresh so much as they make you feel nostaligic for a period they had no place in. They sound like someone just took a cassette out of a box in the attic, blue some dust off and shoved it in an equally antiquated looking player.
Anyway, the album was released last Tuesday and I only found out by chance - it was certain to slip by unnoticed otherwise. Well what can I say, it's great isn't it? I'm not sure it's as immediate as some of the early tracks would have perhaps promised it would be and I admit I've only given it a few listens, but that same scent of quality threads through it.
Give it a go if you can get hold of it. It may not be to everyone's taste (what is?) but hopefully some people will discover something special in this band like I did. It's interesting when you consider that as the era of 80s nostalgia comes to an end and many of us are left desensitised and jaded by it all, it can still throw out some gems before it finally fades in modern history.
After all, we've still got Blouse's debut to look forward to this summer. Here's hoping.