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School of Seven Bells

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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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Stations Featuring
School of Seven Bells

    Indietronica

    Indietronica
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    Top Indie

    Top Indie
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    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
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    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    3 songs

Albums by
School of Seven Bells

Top Songs by
School of Seven Bells

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

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