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“We can change our minds / decide to tell them everything,” sings Film School front man Greg Bertens on “Heart Full of Pentagons,” the band’s first single from Fission, their fourth full-length release. Film School has certainly reserved the right to change their minds. Instead of self-releasing Fission as they’d planned, the band made a last minute decision to sign to Hi-Speed Soul Records, who will release the record on August 31, 2010.
“Heart Full of Pentagons” also marks a bit of a departure for the band. Bassist Lorelei Plotczyk’s vocals begin the song, which adds an uncharacteristically feminine touch for Film School and puts it squarely in Postal Service territory from the first note. But it’s the dreamy keyboard melody that sets “Heart Full of Pentagons” apart from the band’s earlier, more distorted offerings.
The band doesn’t remain in the light and fluffy upper registers for long, however; a wall of reverb-laden guitar soon descends, bringing the song back to more recognizable shoegaze roots. If you cut it, “Heart Full of Pentagons” bleeds pure ’80s, but it’s the interplay between the light electro-pop and the heavier guitar that makes the song a legitimate offspring, rather than a hackneyed imitator.