School Of Seven Bells - Ghostory (CD)
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School Of Seven Bells are back with their third release, Ghostory, on Vagrant Records/Ghostly International. The highly-anticipated album finds the band’s lineup has evolved along with the music; formerly a trio, the band is now a duo: guitarist/producer Benjamin Curtis and vocalist Alejandra Deheza.
Recorded in-between tours, Ghostory exemplifies a fervent progression of SVIIB’s growth as artists, preserving the common themes found on their last two releases but exposing them in different fashions. The familiar ethereal and enigmatic tones are omnipresent, surrounded by layers of influences from ‘80s pop, shoegaze and ambient electronic sounds. However, Ghostory comes with a story in mind; the tale of a young
girl named Lafaye and the ghosts that surround her life.
“Everyone has ghosts”, says Alejandra Deheza; “They're every love you've ever had, every hurt, every betrayal, every heartbreak. They follow you, stay with you.” This detailed storytelling is evident from start to finish on the record, weaving a tale that moves between a fervent synthesized adventure and spacious lyrical euphoria. Tracks like “Love Play” and “Show Me Love” create a hauntingly indelible atmosphere that grab attention with the ambitious wordplay in the center of it all. Surrounding tracks like “Lafaye” and “Scavenger” entice the vibe of previous School of Seven Bells releases with their steadily dance-centric tempo and uplifting melodic progressions. Ghostory flows seamlessly and effortlessly, a result of the shared songwriting process.
“Ghostory is our most collaborative music to date,” describes Benjamin Curtis, “Alley (Alejandra) and I have always written our music together, but always independently and on our own time. We knew we wanted to do something that was more sensual and spontaneous than anything we had ever done before, and that meant writing together in a room, coming up with ideas quickly and immediately reacting to what the other
person was doing.” Within Ghostory, the story of both Lafaye’s and the band’s journey will be told.
School Of Seven Bells formed in 2006 as a trio (including Claudia Deheza) and released their debut full-length, Alpinisms, on Ghostly International in 2008. The group’s appeal grew exponentially, with their signature sounds stemming from pieces of electronic subgenres and shoegaze bands before them. By 2010, the group released the critically acclaimed Disconnect From Desire on Ghostly International and Vagrant. Ghostory is
truly their defining work, beautifully crafted and haunting, with the story of Lafaye permeating the psyche long after the music stops.
- Rock & Pop
- Number of Items
- Country of Origin
- USA / Canada
- Universal Distribution
- Mono / Stereo
Alternative Press (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Alejandra Deheza is a natural as a dance-floor siren, but her gentler side -- as heard on the hazy, drowsy synth-pop of 'Reappear' -- is just as bewitching."
Magnet (p.59) - "With the aid of a palette they've expanded to include synth-pop and flecks of ambient electronica, the pair prove surprisingly gifted storytellers..."
Billboard (p.36) - "[It's] like an ethereal nine-song rumination on the pitfalls of dysfunctional co-dependence and the merits of free will. Think of it as a marriage of Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks, especially on 'White Wind'..."
Uncut (magazine) (p.98) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir third album is their most polished yet, marrying immaculate harmonies to a purring rhythmic chassis..."
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- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Night, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Love Play
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Lafaye
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Low Times
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Reappear
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Show Me Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Scavenger
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] White Wind
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] When You Sing
- Release Date
- 27 June 2012
Audio Mixers: Brandon Curtis; Benjamin Curtis.
Claudia Deheza's exit from School of Seven Bells was not a typical case of shrinking band membership. It claimed a rare attribute and a significant attraction: sibling harmonies, once shared with remaining twin Alejandra Deheza. That's not something that can be replaced or covered up in the studio. While the absence of the twins' harmonies are missed on Ghostory, School of Seven Bells' third album, the sound of the group -- now a duo of Deheza and Ben Curtis -- is as lushly layered as ever, with spectral textures and propulsive dance rhythms, both programmed and played, equally affecting. Deheza's vocals are multi-tracked and arranged so effectively that some listeners might not long for her sister's presence. According to Deheza and Curtis, Ghostory is "the tale of a young girl named Lafaye and the ghosts that surround her life." If this concept was developed prior to the material, it evidently pushed the two to write their most open and direct material to date, evident from the album's first lines: "The light of day gives me no relief/Because I see you in everything." Past comparisons to Curve were drawn due to sonic similarities; while they would still make sense, there is a new, comparable frankness when it comes to addressing exes. Like Curve's Toni Halliday, Deheza doesn't recoil from confrontation ("You wanna take, 'cause you're a coward"), but there's a certain sense of lingering vulnerability rather than glaring bitter numbness. The album also features some of School of Seven Bells' finest light and heavy material, from the all-synths/percussion-less ballad "Reappear" to the racing "White Wind" and pummeling "When You Sing" -- the latter two of which form a potent, closing section that is cathartic and uplifting, yet palpably haunted nonetheless. ~ Andy Kellman
- Date Released
- 2012-06-27 00:00:00
- Audio Format
- PCM Audio
- Studio / Live
- Video Disabled
- School of Seven Bells
- Benjamin Curtis
- 45m 17s
- Benjamin Curtis
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