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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

School Of Seven Bells

New York's School of Seven Bells has been described as shoegaze, dreampop, ethereal, and any number of other completely meaningless genre distinctions.  Comprised of the identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza and Benjamin Curtis, formerly of Secret Machines, the band released their second full length, Disconnect from Desire, in July of 2010.  I was pretty much floored the second I heard it.  So much so that their first album, Alpinisms, should be arriving in the mail shortly. 

Working with a completely backasswards technique, the group actually writes their lyrics before anything else.  The rest is all added in to the tracks later in what they describe as simple "accompaniment."  Well whatever they're doing, it works.  Blending the textures of the old 4AD records dreampoppy sound (primarily Cocteau Twins and early Dead Can Dance) with the droning shoegaze of acts like Ride and M83 and catchy synthpop hooks reminiscent of Ladytron (this Ladytron, not this Ladytron, though both are great), they've managed to create a very satisfying and relaxing listening experience.  If you like any of the groups I've mentioned, you'll love School of Seven Bells.  If you haven't heard of any of those groups, but like what you're about to here, go back and follow those links.  I promise you won't regret it. 

Here are some videos from Disconnect from Desire


gustmic said...

Damn, I really like your music articles that drops down every now and then. Good taste.

Usually, I don't like themes being mixed in a blog, but since you're good at both - keep it up!!

Dethtron said...

thanks and glad you like them. If I were being honest, I'm probably more enthused (or at at least engrossed) by music than 40k. It takes less time and I can do other shit while listening to music like 40k, driving, reading (also a love of mine), and the like. I do try to keep the music articles short though, since I don't get much of a response from them I never know if people are interested or not, not that I'm pandering, but this is something I do to share, not for myself. Never had any complaints though....

Hoagy said...

Wait... writing lyrics first is backasswards? I guess I am then!

Anonymous said...

Interesting , not my usual cup o tea but it's ok

I mean it could be worse, it could sound like a cat being fed into a woodchipper backwards......slowly

you come across 'bat for lashes'



Just struck me as something you may like?