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School of Seven Bells

Ben Curtis fled Secret Machines in 2007 to focus on School of Seven Bells, an electronics-enhanced dream pop group formed with twin sister vocalists Claudia and Alejandra Deheza (also of On!Air!Library!). They debuted in 2007 on Sonic Cathedral with the 7" recording My Cabal, which featured a remix on the B-side from Robin Guthrie -- Guthrie's Cocteau Twins, as well as several of the artists the Cocteaus inspired, from My Bloody Valentine to Medicine, as well as Curve, being apparent touchstones. Two other releases were out before the end of the year: the Face to Face on High Places 7" (Radium) and The Class of 73 Bells (Warp), a four-track Prefuse 73 EP featuring the group's input. The group's activities the following year included Silent Grips, a 7" released on Suicide Squeeze, and that October's Alpinisms, released on Ghostly International. They released the bigger-sounding Disconnect from Desire in July 2010 through Ghostly and Vagrant. Claudia Deheza left the group three months later, and by the end of the following February, Ghostory -- the third School of Seven Bells album -- was out on Ghostly/Vagrant. Early in 2013, Curtis announced that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. He died near the end of the year. 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.) In October 2015, Deheza announced the upcoming release of a fourth album, SVIIB. Nearly finished at the time of Curtis' diagnosis, it was later completed by Deheza with help from producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen and scheduled for February 2016. ~ Andy Kellman
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School of Seven Bells

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Albums by
School of Seven Bells

Top Songs by
School of Seven Bells

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

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