ALBUM REVIEW: The Spook School – Try To Be Hopeful | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 9.10.15

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On Try To Be Hopeful’s opening track Burn Masculinity, Nye Todd recognises the privilege associated with identifying as male, at the same time decrying the “history of persecution and abuse” which the world has inflicted upon transgender individuals. With this paradoxical acknowledgement, he encapsulates the emotional intelligence of The Spook School’s second album. Where their debut Dress Up tentatively introduced the theme of sexual identity, here it’s triumphantly thrust in the face of the world, reflecting the band’s ever-growing confidence in who they are. It’s never more apparent than on Binary, a gloriously spiky indie pop racket about the fluidity of gender. All told, this is one of the most vital releases of 2015, both in terms of its importance and its addictiveness.

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