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Ghostory

School of Seven BellsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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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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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant Records
  • ASIN: B006TXDSTM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the Artist

"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.

"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.

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2012 release from the acclaimed Indie outfit. 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. Ghostory is truly their defining work, beautifully crafted and haunting, with the story of Lafaye permeating the psyche long after the music stops.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite. February 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The concept surrounding Ghostory is flimsy at best - the running narrative of a girl named Lafaye and all the ghosts that one would expect to surround a girl with such a Victorian name. The loss of Claudia Deheza robs School of Seven Bells of one of their most distinctive characteristics, the angelic, unearthly harmonizing between Claudia and twin sister Alejandra. Yet Ghostory, the band's third record and their first as a duo, is uncommonly strong and surefooted, a remarkable transformation of their gossamer-thin dream pop into something vigorous and visceral. Where 2010's lackluster Disconnect from Desire was all style and little substance, Ghostory is surprisingly forceful and direct in its message, one that melds almost seamlessly the sublime drone of My Bloody Valentine with the nostalgia of M83. It's dreamy and hopelessly untethered from straightforward pop, like School of Seven Bells have always been, yet for the first time Ghostory sounds like the work of an organic, spontaneous band, rather than the determined sculptors of hypnotic, icy shoegaze they had seemed content to remain.

Ghostory carries with it connotations of magic and spirituality, and if there's an ideal word to describe Alejandra Deheza's vocals, a good place to start would be "otherworldly." Hers is a voice that prefers to soar rather than coo, speeding along through a storm of synths or layering on top of itself many times over, a more ethereal Florence Welch or a druggier Natasha Khan. At times it seems fragile, like on the soft, sprawling "Reappear," shimmering above waves of reverb, but that's an illusion - Deheza has never sounded as confident yet so tempestuous, more in touch with what she's singing than ever before.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album February 29, 2012
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This is an extremely great listen and I recommend it highly.

The marriage of lilting, trip-hop vocals and complex, beat-driven grooves that School of Seven Bells brings to the table is refined to a new level in this, their third album.

Ghostory is decidedly better than the bulk of Disconnect from Desire, their second album that was somewhat lackluster. It's also more focused than their tremendously well-produced eclectic first album, Alpinisms. I don't know that I would call it better, as they are largely different animals, but it's definitely just as good, in my book.

Every track is extremely listenable, yet also haunting and complex. If your musical tastes are somewhat off the beaten path, you should definitely pick this up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Effort But I Miss The Harmonies March 8, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
When Claudia Deheza left the band in 2010, I worried for the future of this band. The harmonies in Alpinisms were what stood the band out from most others. There are times listening to Ghostory that I think could have been even better had the band stayed intact but Alejandra has a flawless voice of her own and it does carry the album. Ghostory is an improvement over Disconnect from Desire but not quite up to the level of Alpinisms
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soaring and exciting April 1, 2012
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My favorite songs, "The Night", "Scavenger", and the big finale, "When You Sing", typify the soaring vocals and immense wall-to-wall sound that make this album so exciting to listen to, especially in good headphones. I got goose-bumps I was so moved by "When You Sing". This is a great "Indie" group that makes music such a joy to hear. Good songwriting and production. Buy the CD and support this talented group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised March 8, 2012
By B F
Format:Audio CD
If you bought the first 2 cds you may as well buy this one. The Deheza twins are gone but the last song is right up there with there best stuff. If they cut the first minute and a half of space out and got some air play for the remaining 7 minutes it could be interesting. Like all there cds they are made for good headphones. I noticed for the moment they have a girl helping out with the vocales live, hope Ben can tell them apart!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Show Them Love December 2, 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is just a wonderful album. Although not quite as musically adventurous as Alpinism, I nevertheless find it a more overall consistent work. Alejandra's vocals are just exquisite. Such is her talent that, coupled with the studio expertise of Ben Curtis, the absence of her twin sister, Claudia, is not the loss I anticipated it might be.
It's an increasingly rare thrill these days to be moved by new music - you know the kind that stirs the rhythmic soul and insists on immediate replay. A certain chord progression or atmospheric texture that hits the emotional centre. Take the track "Show Me Love" half way through this disc. Preceded by the gorgeous catharsis that is "Reappear" (a track that could have come straight out of the movie Gravity - did Steven Price hear this before he composed that soundtrack?) we have a stunning composition that literally takes your breath away. The fuzz guitar intro, the sampled rhythmic touches, the heart-stirring vocals of Alejandra, the space synth and bass, and, most certainly, the irresistible chorus (little touches like the barely perceptible delay on "Hey") - a sublime melody I seriously can't get enough of. Magnificent, euphoria incarnate, a desert island track. Play me this as I pass beyond the horizon. The greatest pleasure on an album full of 'em. Almost everything I've heard in this genre lately is reduced to mere pretender status by the edgy beauty of the compositions on this album. This duo have created something very special.
Each work Mr Curtis produces sees him growing in stature as a unique crafter of electronic soundscapes taken to another level by an assured sensibility for solid melody and rhythm (evolving from his pioneering Secret Machine days).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BAND!!!
I love this band and was so saddened by the loss of their guitarist (Benjamin) to his rare cancer type....waste of young talent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. OHARA
5.0 out of 5 stars The American Electro/Dream Pop group's first album as a duo is every...
When singer Claudia Deheza left American Dream Pop/Shoegaze trio School Of Seven Bells, reducing the group to the duo of twin sister Alejandra Deheza (vocals, guitar) and Ben... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Volt & Volume
5.0 out of 5 stars SVIIB - Live Ghosts
"Ghost Story" by School of Seven Bells is some very cool s***. At first it plays like just a continuation of their previous record, "Disconnect From Desire". Read more
Published 11 months ago by Scott Daly
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It's amazing to be the broad appeal of the album's sound. I play this a lot in the car with friends and family. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value
Great Music at a Great Value. You can't go wrong with a purchase of this collection. Delightful music at a bargain price.
Published 18 months ago by James
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Albums From The School of Seven Bells
School of Seven Bells was originally a triad composed of Benjamin Curtis and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mark Eremite
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
If you like, Enya, Enigma, etc. please sample this album and enjoy. Hope you all like it as well as I do. Had never heard her/them before had to have the album. Read more
Published 24 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars More a review of their show than this album in particular.
Although I should say Ghostory is very good. If you're a fan of ethereal, gauzy, shoe-gazey stuff, well I reckon you already like this band. Read more
Published on April 19, 2012 by AaronNoir
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