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School of Seven Bells take their magic seriously. Symbols, myths, mantras—in the hands of sisters/vocalists Alejandra and Claudia Deheza and guitarist/producer Benjamin Curtis (formerly of OnLibrary! and Secret Machines, respectively), these mystical practices become achingly human, methods of making sense of an emo- tionally complex world. School of Seven Bells’ sophomore album ... Read more in Amazon's School of Seven Bells Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • ASIN: B003PBYT5S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Windstorm
2. Heart Is Strange
3. Dust Devil
4. I L U
5. Babelonia
6. Joviann
7. Camarilla
8. Dial
9. Bye Bye Bye
10. The Wait

Editorial Reviews

2010 sophomore album from the Dream-pop trio School of Seven Bells, the highly anticipated follow-up to their debut album, Alpinisms. ''School of Seven Bells. slipped easily between epochs -- medieval polyphony, laptop sorcery, the rhythmic turmoil of Public Image Ltd.'s 1981 album, Flowers Of Romance -- with smart hooks and the Dehezas' alluring vocals, liberally greased with reverb.'' - David Fricke, Rolling Stone

Customer Reviews

The vocals are mesmerizing, harmonic, and beautiful.
EX242
Disconnect From Desire contains a collection of songs rich in profound messages, of life, happiness and purpose.
Nano
It's every bit as good, if not better, than Alpinisms.
Bryan Tamke

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Prestige on July 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
On their second album, School of Seven Bells aims for a more listener friendly brand of mystical dream pop that bridges the gap between The Cocteau Twins and Stereolab. "Disconnect From Desire" offers up a solid and sometimes spectacular musical journey that should provide the band a deservedly wider audience.

Sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza showcased their marvelous vocal gifts on the group's well received debut album, and this time they have a tighter and more cohesive collection of songs to strut their pipes on. Ably backed by guitarist Benjamin Curtis, the Deheza sisters lend their ethereal voices to a number of instantly appealing and surprisingly catchy tunes such as the opening track "Windstorm", the more grounded and infectious "I L U", the commanding "Joviann" and the uptempo and soaring "Bye Bye Bye". But if the band has tempered its stream of consciousness/free form style for a more controlled and radio ready sound, there's still enough ambitious and unbridled creativity on display here to cement their indie cred.

If "Disconnect From Desire" is hampered by anything, it may be that the Deheza sisters are so good at what they do that sometimes it's almost too much of a good thing. The band constantly soars to such lofty heights lyrically and musically that at times you wish they could come down to earth a little more often. For all the greatness that abounds here, the album may seem at times to be just a little too pristine and tasteful, while lacking in a certain playfulness and fun. Still, that's a minor quibble for an album that certainly ranks as one of the year's most listenable treats.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By EX242 on September 26, 2010
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Cocteau Twins meets Dead Can Dance meets Peter Murphy meets Deluxe. I might add a little Bel Canto, but it's not necessary. If you like anything on the 4AD label, you will love SVIIB! The vocals are mesmerizing, harmonic, and beautiful. The music is retro with a new flavor triggering lucid dreaming of days long past and memories fondly kept. Lyrically, the trio delivers. Interesting introspection and interpretation of how we survive this journey called life. All together, the music is compelling. It's intrusion is comfortable and you'll be hard pressed to keep it out of mind. This is frankly one of the best bands to emerge in perhaps a decade. No band I can think of presents a more unique sound today. I highly recommend SVIIB, but be warned, you'll kill for more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Tamke on August 24, 2010
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School of Seven Bells really break out with this great follow up album to Alpinisms. I find the songs to be just as crisp and unique as those on their debut, and although it lacks a real standout song such as "Face to Face on High Places" or "Half Asleep", it's a more concise and 'to-the-point' album. It's every bit as good, if not better, than Alpinisms. While the songs are mainly backbeats and synth mixed with vocal melodies, the product is amazing studio sound. Never seen them live, but I am this coming September. I'll be interested to see how they sound. Regardless, this is a great listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Murphy on November 30, 2010
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"Disconnect From Desire" kicks off with the glorious harmonies of Alejandra and Claudia Deheza in what sounds like a loop which will reappear throughout "Windstorm". The songs are melodically catchy and lyrically expansive. Benjamin Curtis's beats feel more natural this time around, making this album a more accessible, assured and consistent effort than their debut CD "ALPINISMS" (which I happen to love) that served as an excellent template of their sound which has evolved beautifully with this record. I should note that the one element that's played down a bit on "Disconnect" is the world pop aspect, so appealing on "ALPINISMS".
Highlights include the uplifting "Windstorm"; the elastic electronica of "Heart Is Strange"; the lovely "ILU" with guitars reminiscent of My Bloody Valentine; "Joviann"'s gorgeous vocal melody line and heavenly lead guitar; more MBV noise segueing into the breezy and buoyant "Bye Bye Bye" and the dreamy last song "The Wait" with it's stately bells. Ring in the new, baby!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By maufuks on November 3, 2010
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Hypnotic production, beautiful & poetic melodies. Though I very much enjoyed their first album, D.F.D. is, overall, much superior work. I loved this cd, which, along with B.Perry's ARK, is one of the few great ones this year...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Riva on July 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I think this album is a wonderful progression from their previous album. It seems people expect artists to continue to give them more of the same, however, I like it when artists give you something a little different each time (sometimes way different)!

I have listened to this album at least 5 times in the last 24 hours...yes, I like it that much! If you want to hear the 1st one, by all means, put it on. But if you want something new, try this...why compare? It seems people always have to make a choice as to which one they like "better." Why not like them both for what they are?

I'm hooked on this group. I feel they are one of the most refreshing new groups that have come out for sometime now.

I find their musical very very healing and uplifting...boy is that a welcomed sonic experience these days!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By muzic mania on November 7, 2010
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i have to say i came across to find this group, but i was not looking for, its great, love the sound, the vocals. very 4AD. like the great groups that recorded for that label. the only song that is a BIG miss step, and it is awful track 1. windstorm, what a bad way to start this cd off. the remix is so much better. anyone who hears this first track, might not want to hear the rest of the cd as i almost did. If you track this cd. start with track 2. how did this group think to start this cd off with this bad, and awful track? the rest is perfect joy to your ears......enjoy. cant wait till the next cd. love it. Please start your cd off with a great track, not with that awful noise of a song....it was bad...almost made me not want to buy your cd. Put your best upfront.
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