You Say Party! We Say Die! – “Laura Palmer’s Prom”

My feelings for YSP!WSD!’s new LP, XXXX, remain lukewarm, but the album’s indisputable highpoint, “Laura Palmer’s Prom” gets nothing but serious xxxx from me.  Since I already reviewed the album for PopMatters, I’ll just go ahead and quote myself:

“Laura Palmer’s Prom” is the dazzling centerpiece of XXXX. Even without that title, the song would still conjure up Lynchian locales with its swoony synths that simply ooze Angelo Badalamenti. Bassist Stephen Shea sounds like Peter Hook caught smack dab between Joy Division and New Order—gloomy drama giving way to new-wave bliss. For the duration of this song, Ninkovic personifies teenage romantic yearning. When she pleads “My heart needs a love dance,” you’d think she needed air or water. If it was 1983, this thing would be a massive hit.

XXXX is out now on Paperbag.

Download MP3: “Laura Palmer’s Prom”


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