The gradual synthpop revival of the past few years has spawned a ton of superficial, faux-nostalgic records that have justifiably led to an automatic degree of cynicism being attached to anything labelled with the tag.

New York trio The Ballet have produced something that fits the template whilst still being of genuine substance; they’ve managed to draw upon a diverse enough range of influences to make a record that does something new with a genre so firmly rooted in the past.

The lush, sweeping ‘Is Anybody Out There?’ has more than a hint of The Magnetic Fields about it, while closer ‘All the Way’ evokes the spirit of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Just Like Honey’. Bound to prove divisive, though, is the use of auto-tuned vocals, which are almost ubiquitous, and more often than not add a disjointed feel to an otherwise solid effort.

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