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Double vinyl LP pressing. 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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 3, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vagrant
  • ASIN: B003PBYTBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,984 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Justin J. Meadows on April 25, 2011
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This is more of what I loved about their last album with less of the fat. The School makes music like no other band I can think of; a sort of vaguely Arabian ethnic dream pop with the Deheza twins sounding like story-weaving syrens. But these songs seem even richer and more thought out than "Alpinisms." And the words continue to breathe life into an all-too-ignored art: lyric-writing. I highly recommend this album.
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I can't possibly add anything that hasn't been said about the music. I'm just vouching for the vinyl -- it is a gorgeous pressing, no surface noise, great mastering. 45 RPM double LP. Get them before they are gone!
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School of Seven Bells was originally a triad composed of Benjamin Curtis and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. From the get-go, their music has inhabited the static-saturated realm between progressive pop and the more experimental dreamwork that you get from bands typically labelled as "shoe gazers." But "shoe gazing" is far too laconic a term for music that uses complex choral choreography and unexpected harmonies to rein its energy down to a low, but persistent and inescapable, thrum.

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.
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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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Great set of songs that move beyond simple shoe gaze, such as The Wait. The song Babelonia should be on everyone's top singles of 2010 list. The get desire, frustration, sadness and hope all combined into individual songs, an amazing feat.
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