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Disconnect From Desire [2 LP]
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Incomprehensible to some, the experimental, rolling structure of both the songs and their lyrics gives this band's work the flavor of horizons, making the tunes seem both gorgeously sculptured but also somehow distant and unembraceable. This is found as much in the names of each album as in the notes and words that are found inside them. Alpinism is supposedly the art of climbing, the culture of ascension. Disconnect from Desire seems to recall the fundamental precept of Buddhist enlightenment -- more ascension. And now Ghostory seems to represent another plane of reality, the passage from the physical plane to a place that is -- yet again -- always there but still out of reach.
I have had the exact same reaction to every album by this band. I have enjoyed every single one -- and recommend that you buy them -- but I have not fallen head over heels for them. They seem to keep listeners at a distance by operating on a sonic level that is nearly as removed and spiritual as their album titles, and although it is by all means beautiful, it is not always touching or touchable. (There's that horizon again.Read more ›
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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This album is phenomenal. Right from the first listen it sounds amazing, like a polished gem. Their first album, Alpinisms was pretty good but this one sets a new bar for the band. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by Bjarni
Benjamin Curtis and the Deheza sisters, collectively known as School of Seven Bells, turn out a mystically satisfying collection of tunes with "Disconnect from Desire", their... Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Feryl
What a shame.
Yet another band gets too pretty, ethereal and polished and winds up sounding anemic and vapid. Read more