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School of Seven Bells

Through their dense layers of played and programmed elements, School of Seven Bells brought dream pop into the 21st century. They developed a sound as woozy and unmistakable as that of the style's early masters, including My Bloody Valentine, Curve, and Seefeel, and incorporated inspirations that tended to originate earlier, including ambient Krautrock, the icier end of synth pop, and even electro and freestyle. Although much of their lyrical matter regarded fictional characters and spirits, School of Seven Bells were also unafraid to write direct, impassioned ballads that could be classified as artful adult contemporary. The band began as a trio. Benjamin Curtis met Alejandra and Claudia Deheza when his Secret Machines shared a bill with the twin sisters' On!Air!Library! as openers for Interpol. The three musicians left their respective acts and debuted in 2007 on Sonic Cathedral with the 7" recording My Cabal, which featured a B-side remix from Robin Guthrie -- the guitarist/producer's Cocteau Twins being another apparent touchstone. Additional singles, as well as a short-form collaboration with Prefuse 73, preceded the debut album Alpinisms, released on Ghostly International in October 2008. The relatively muscular and direct Disconnect from Desire followed in July 2010 through Ghostly and Vagrant and debuted at number nine on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart. Claudia Deheza left the group during a subsequent tour, and her sister and Curtis, who had been a couple, broke up later the same year. School of Seven Bells continued, however, without suffering any loss of creative power. Ghostory was issued in February 2012 and peaked on Top Electronic Albums at the same position as the album that preceded it. Put Your Sad Down, a download-only EP featuring a 13-minute title track and a cover of Silver Apples' "Lovefingers," was made available during the band's gigs that year. Early in 2013, Curtis announced that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. That August, a benefit concert took place in New York with performances from the Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. and Interpol's Paul Banks, and members of Radiohead and Coldplay were among those who donated items to a concurrent silent auction. Curtis died that December. A few months later, Alejandra Deheza released a School of Seven Bells cover of Joey Ramone's "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" that was recorded while Curtis was in the hospital; Ramone himself died of lymphoma just over a decade earlier. A fourth School of Seven Bells album, nearly finished at the time of Curtis' diagnosis, was later completed by Deheza with help from producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen. It was issued in February 2016 as SVIIB. ~ Andy Kellman
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School of Seven Bells

  1.   Song
  2.   Half Asleep
  3.   The Night
  4.   Windstorm
  5.   Heart Is Strange
  6.   Open Your Eyes
  7.   Lafaye
  8.   Chain
  9.   I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)
  10.   Face to Face on High Places
  11.   Wired for Light
  12.   For Kalaja Mari
  13.   Secret Days
  14.   On My Heart
  15.   I L U
  16.   Camarilla
  17.   Joviann
  18.   Dust Devil
  19.   Lovefingers
  20.   Sempiternal/Amaranth
  21.   Faded Heart
  22.   Limb by Limb
  23.   Confusion
  24.   Music Takes Me
  25.   Signals
  26.   Elias
  27.   Ablaze
  28.   When You Sing
  29.   Scavenger
  30.   Connjur
  31.   Love From A Stone
  32.   White Wind
  33.   Kiss Them for Me
  34.   Trance Figure
  35.   s.Ada.Licht
  36.   This Is Our Time
  37.   A Thousand Times More
  38.   My Camarilla
  39.   Painting a Memory
  40.   Put Your Sad Down
  41.   Show Me Love
  42.   Reappear
  43.   Low Times
  44.   The Wait
  45.   Bye Bye Bye
  46.   Caldo
  47.   Iamundernodisguise
  48.   White Elephant Coat
  49.   Prince of Peace
  50.   My Cabal
  51.   Sempiternal/Aramanth
  52.   Crescent Gold
  53.   Love Play
  54.   Unnature
  55.   If I Had Glass Hands and Glass Feet
  56.   Dial
  57.   When She Was Me
  58.   Babelonia

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