Ballboy – Leave the Earth Behind and Take a Walk

Ballboy
Leave the Earth Behind and Take a Walk

The Scottish band Ballboy impressed me right from the go. Echoey guitars float in behind booming bass and drums, the vocals all echoed and dreamy, mixing a new-wave sound with lovely shoegaze, “Leave the Earth Behind and Take a Walk” is a lovely song.

The band has been making music since 1999, and “Leave the Earth Behind…” is from the foursome’s Girls are Better Than Boys EP. With three boys and one girl in the band, that title shows who must wear the pants. The formula here is perfect: washes of guitars, moving rhythm, layered vocals all echoey and pretty, and a song length at more than seven minutes.

One listen of “Leave the Earth Behind and Take a Walk” made me fall in love with Ballboy. The repeated line of “Are you happy with your life?” makes me swoon, and when the vocals come to prominence by the song’s end, I’m completely sold. It’s subtle and pretty, yet rich and moody, and in short it’s gorgeous Scottish dream-pop.