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

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