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School of Seven Bells (often just SVIIB) is a three-piece band formed by Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines, together with identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, formerly of On! Air! Library!. The band is named after the School of the Seven Bells, a mythical South American pickpocket training ... Read more in Amazon's School of Seven Bells Store

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  • Audio CD (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B006YQZQY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

How many identical twins does one really need in their band? The departure of singer/keyboardist Claudia Deheza in late 2010 left School of Seven Bells featuring just the one sister in its line-up, Alejandra, alongside former Secret Machines man Benjamin Curtis. But Claudia’s absence hasn’t had a huge impact on this third album’s sound: SVIIB has always been about the music rather than the members making it. It’s refreshing indeed that, while the expression "the music does the talking" typically has the heart sinking, this pair’s otherworldly soundscapes do exactly that.

Previously, SVIIB occasionally eschewed tunes in the name of textures, and the same is true on Ghostory. But despite these new songs requiring third and even fourth dates before you get to know them properly, they are well worth pursuing. It’s hard to believe it was recorded in Brooklyn as, much like When Saints Go Machine’s 2011 LP Konkylie, this collection captures the sound of medieval England finding glow sticks and making music to match. This is true trance music.

Staccato opener The Night demonstrates their new focus, with shades of New Order and elements sure to appeal to those missing Bat for Lashes’ dramatic pop; atop the arrangement sits a stark, wanton lyric: "You’ve frozen me out… devour me." Their words were once abstract, another lick of paint to make the picture, but this song sets a new benchmark that Chairlift and other electronic shoegazing bands will happily aspire to.

It’s a shame Love Play does away with this early momentum, its low frequencies thrumming like machines left on overnight; but as it fades so the album soars. From the chill-pop of Show Me Love to Low Times’ epic coda, where Alejandra’s vocal swoops alongside the synth line until it’s difficult to distinguish between them, SVIIB’s attention to detail is immaculate. Elsewhere, Scavenger’s guitar recalls Simple Minds at their early 80s best, whilst its tune is one that Siouxsie and the Banshees would have been proud of.

Stadiums and the rockers that fill them might be an unexpected new influence, but like every good band SVIIB make these currents of inspiration their own to control. After all, similar stylistic traits haven’t damaged the widespread appeal of Florence + the Machine – although, this is a great album for the few who didn’t click with Florence’s latest LP, reappropriating as it does shared genes in a rather more refined manner. For a band that once threatened to run out of ideas, Ghostory is a staggeringly beautiful success.

--Tom Hocknell

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Basso on 13 April 2012
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Lovely dream-pop tinted with an 80's sensibility and surprisingly tough beats. Apparently down to one singer but you'd never know from listening to the fantastic multi-part vocals. Like going to a rave for elves and unicorns but, you know, having a really good time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason on 7 April 2012
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What a great album! I liked School of Seven Bells first two albums a lot, but for me this third one represents a breakthrough to a new level of excellence. I just can't stop playing it.

School of Seven Bells are part of a new generation of American indie groups who draw their inspiration from the British shoegazing scene of the 80s/90s. Influences that come to mind are Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine.

The strong influence of pumping 80s electronica is also noticeable on a lot of these tracks (Ben Curtis looks a lot like that guy in the Thompson Twins, which is perhaps no coincidence?)

If you like this genre I can also recommend The Hundred in the Hands, another boy-girl twosome from Brooklyn with a somewhat similar sound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Jackson on 9 Dec 2013
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This is just a wonderful album. Although not quite as musically adventurous as Alpinism, I nevertheless find it a more overall consistent work. Alejandra's vocals are just exquisite, and, such is the studio expertise of Ben Curtis, the absence of her twin sister, Claudia, is barely felt. Almost everything I've heard in this genre lately is reduced to pretender status by the edgy beauty of the compositions on this album - it's that special.
It's an increasingly rare thrill these days to be moved by new music - you know the kind that insists on immediate replay. A certain chord progression or atmospheric texture that hits the emotional centre. Take the track "Show Me Love" half way through this disc. Preceded by the gorgeous catharsis that is "Reappear" (a track that could have come straight out of the movie Gravity - did Steven Price hear this before he composed that soundtrack?) we have a stunning composition that literally takes your breath away. The fuzz guitar intro, the sampled rhythmic touches, the heart-stirring vocals of Alejandra, the space synth and bass, and, most certainly, the irresistible chorus (little touches like the barely perceptible delay on "Hey") - a sublime melody I seriously can't get enough of. Magnificent - a desert island track. Play this as I pass beyond the horizon. The greatest pleasure on an album full of 'em.
Each work Mr Curtis produces sees him growing in stature as a unique crafter of electronic soundscapes taken to another level by an assured sensibility for solid melody and rhythm (from his Secret Machine days). Some of the sounds he manages to create are pure bliss.
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When singer Claudia Deheza left American Dream Pop/Shoegaze trio School Of Seven Bells, reducing the group to the duo of twin sister Alejandra Deheza (vocals, guitar) and Ben Curtis (guitars, synthesizers, vocals), fans were concerned that the absence of the twin sisters' harmonies would leave a void in the lushly layered sound they'd come to love and expect. But we needn't have worried. Alejandra Deheza's vocals are multi-tracked so effectively that it's difficult to detect any marked differences in the ethereal vocal arrangements, and the overall soundscape of their third album, Ghostory, stays true to the group's first two releases. Standout tracks: "Low Times", "The Night" and "Scavenger".

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Angular Square on 29 Feb 2012
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School of Seven Bells are an American indie duo, Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza. This is their third album and the first since Claudia Deheza's departure. I liked their spooky, otherworldly harmony vocals and the spectacle of identical twins with amazing voices. But now that has changed. Their last album Disconnect From Desire was patchy and more conventional than their outstanding debut Alpinisms, and I was slightly concerned they would go in a more commercial direction.

I shouldn't have worried. Ghostory is dark and introspective, full of eerie melodies, shining guitars and grainy electronica. Alejandra's voice is warm and honeyed, dreamy and breathy. This is a confident return to form, to the spookiness that they do so well.

Stand out tracks for me are "White Wind" with menacing, chant-style vocals, "Low times" and the super floaty and hypnotic "Reappear"

I should say this has only nine tracks and clocks in at a decidedly mean 45m.21s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TomH on 8 July 2012
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School of Seven Bells have really upped their game with this album. It is a satisfyingly cohesive album, well produced, with instant yet lasting appeal. The sound is a mix of shoegaze and My Bloody Valentine influences put into modern pop for a sound that they have made their own. Highlights are the opening pace setter "The Night", the dancier "Low Times" with its great build up, and the slow burner "Show Me Love" with the warped guitars and lovely vocals. One of the albums of the year!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M EVE on 29 May 2012
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I have been playing this album for a couple of weeks now and there no letting up! Great mixture of electronics, guitars, atmospherics and those angelic vocals to die for. 'Lafaye' is a stand out track but as someone else said get this if only just for the epic 8:34 final track 'When You Sing'... fans of Cocteau Twins will love this...
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