The School: Loveless Unbeliever (2010)
Don't know much about them. They're Welsh, and a woman named Liz Hunt who used to be in a band called The Loves leads them, and beyond that I suppose I could do some research but, really, just wanna spin the thing for a bit, ok?
Their 2010 debut is a nice mix of 60s girl-group pop and more contemporary takes on the genre (see Camera Obscura, maybe a bit of Belle & Sebastian and St. Etienne). It's sweet and melodic and total feel-good music, and I'm all over it.
I can't really pick out favorites here, as the album is solidly consistent from beginning to end, but the opening one-two-three punch of "Let It Slip" and "Is He Really Coming Home" and "Valentine" do a nice job of establishing their Bacharach/Ronettes bona fides. "Can't Understand" is pretty freakin' great, and I think we all need to hear a song called "Summer's Here" right about now, but, really, not a bum note to be found.
Cheer up your li'l quarantine. The School. Trust me. Go buy it on Bandcamp.
Here's the video for "Is He Really Coming Home":