Perhaps a perfect counter to our current viral-infected oft desolate lives is the band Film School, originally formed in San Francisco and more recently headquartered in Los Angeles, comprised of bandmates Greg Bertens (vocals, guitar), Nyles Lannon (guitar, backing vocals), Justin LaBo (bass), Jason Ruck (synths), and Adam Wade (drums). If you long for the salad days of My Bloody Valentine, Chapterhouse, or Slowdive, then this shoegaze-il(lush)trious band may be right up your proverbial alley.
Began in 1998, Film School has released five full albums and as many EPs, with numerous interspersed singles of which Influencer is one of their latest. Per Discogs.com, “(they) also provided music for a series of short films by Demetri Martin, known collectively as ‘Clearification’, an advertising campaign for (Microsoft) Windows Vista.“
The video for Influencer itself could be a reflection of their own band name in an apex of creativity, melding ASCII text characters across broadly-heated vistas. A giant disembodied talking head, a video-extracted caricature of the newly neutered critic therein speaks thusly, “Positive, Bullshitive, Knock me out, Take my mind, away.”
A music of Cornelius-reminiscent vocals sandwiched within Washed-Out, echo-chamber-swirly, sonic-driven-guitars over melty-rainbow-Sno-cone pads on sunburn-cloudless-days. This is the stuff of summertime soundtracks, of shimmery-cool-winds and ravishing lip-caressing-kisses born of love still unspoilt and luscious. Yet, like all great music there is a thread of angst, a touched darkness, a warning that although this is life in full-grandeur and in finest-garb, it will not be tamed and attempting to do so will only ruin it. Realize it is a finite, an ephemeral, and enjoy the Ride while it lasts.