Patience

Dizzy Spells

Night School

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Sometimes the only way to speak of romance is in code. The marble halls of synthpop resound with encrypted letters, and Roxanne Cliffordformerly of Veronica Falls, now the self-made Patienceknows how to light each one in opaline flames. Her home studio debut Dizzy Spells might hum and bounce in a New Order-esque altar, but anyone who's been stung by love can see right through the stained glass to the literal beating heart at the album's end.

The genius of Patience lies in duplicity. Songs like "Living Things Don't Last" and "White of An Eye" spark with pristine joy (especially the latter and its OMD-like pulse), but speak to the sadness that follows when you contemplate the temporal nature of everything. As the analog throb intensifies, so does the psychic trauma: both "The Church" and "The Pressure" dip into Human League-levels of dread as Clifford describes the baffling limbo that follows a breakup. "Aerosol" even frames the moment of fissure in a sinister metaphor, likening careless words to gasoline fumes that hang in the air.

To the uninitiated, Dizzy Spells looks like a throwback to simpler times. But check the cipher againClifford conveys the complexity of relationships and their fallout with the clarity and purity of crystal. (www.patienceworld.bandcamp.com)

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