You may have spotted the latest copy of This Almighty Pop! in last week’s photo of recent arrivals. Inside there is a lovely piece proclaiming the brilliance of A Classic Education whilst the free mix CDR features their mesmerisingly magical ‘Stay, Son’. ‘Stay, Son’ was the song that first turned me onto A Classic Education. It feels like forever ago. A glance through my back pages tells me it was nearly five years ago. Is that close enough to forever?
So, yes, four years on and we finally have a fully fledged album from A Classic Education. And what a magnificent treat it is. The uncompromising willingness to think big without being Big that marked ‘Stay, Son’ out as being so special invests much of ‘Call It Blazing’. By which I mean that A Classic Education are not afraid of reaching for a sense of stature in their sound. They do not shy away from the sheen of fine production. They dress sharp and know that style trumps fashion every time.
Produced by Jarvis Taviniere of Woods, ‘Call It Blazing’ sounds at once impeccably cool and full of sincere warmth; intimate yet superbly spacious. Space is important. The group say that it is “an album about that sense of mischief, disenchantment, escapism and desire to not comply to any given set of rules or laws.” I say it’s fighting hard for accolade of the best album of 2011.
But don't just take my word for it (whaddya mean you weren’t going to?). Go listen to a couple of tracks on their website here and here (or on Pitchf**k if you absolutely insist) and then pop over to Lefse to pre-order the album ahead of the October 25th release date. May I humbly suggest you opt for the delicious 12” vinyl edition to fully savour what I am reliably informed is some exquisite artwork based on the iconic ‘Bikeriders’ photographs of Danny Lyon.
And if you are in Europe you can catch A Classic Education playing with British Sea Power. Details over on the band’s ‘classic’ website.