Posts Tagged ‘School Of Seven Bells’

September 15, 2016

While I can’t help but feel sad that our School Of Seven Bells journey is drawing to an end, I also can’t marvel at the fact that the beloved New York band has been able to put out an album as splendorous as SVIIB despite the tragic passing of Benjamin Curtis. I suppose we’re rather fortunate that they’ve given us such a magnificent farewell gift. The new video for album track Signals is going to be one of their very last, and it’s a slick flashy, stylish captivating treat well worthy of Signals’ fearless whirring shoegaze and dreamy electro pop. School Of Seven Bells explains that the song is an ode to all the music they grew up loving as kids, the very music that inspired their own creativity processes. If you haven’t listened to SVIIB yet, you’re missing out, plus it’s the closing chapter of a spectacular career sure to resonate within our hearts forever more. SVIIB is out on iTunes.

March 9, 2016

I’m not going to lie. I’m pretty sure I shed a tear the first time I watched this music video for School Of Seven Bells’ On My Heart earlier today. The video’s depiction of Alejandra Deheza alongside an almost faceless suitor who disappears into thin air at the end of the clip isn’t clearly a reference to actual situations in life, but it seems to hit too close to home to be a total coincidence. On My Heart is one of my favorites off of SVIIB, which was a long and arduous journey for Alejandra Deheza after the tragic loss of Benjamin Curtis to cancer. The song whirs and pulses, an effervescently tingling, dreamily gazey synthpop beauty. Purchase School Of Seven Bells’ final album, SVIIB, from iTunes.

January 27, 2016
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February 26th feels like it’s way too long from now. You know in horror films when protagonists look down a long hallway, and it seems to skew and elongate? It sorta feels like that when waiting for School Of Seven Bells’ album, SVIIB, the culmination of much tragedy and posthumous work after Benjamin Curtis’ passing. As least, in the meantime, Alejandra has been revealing new tunes off the release bit by bit, more than enough to tide me over to release day. The latest taster off SVIIB is a radiantly pulsating beauty named Ablaze, which literally seems to be lit on fire with its majestic, soaring John Hughes like atmosphere and propulsive tempo. School Of Seven Bells is as captivating as ever on their new material. Pre-order SVIIB, as I have. It’s available to do so now, on iTunes.

January 15, 2016
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Ah, School Of Seven Bells, I get torn between wanting to shed a tear and needing to break out in smiles when I think of the band. As you probably know well, School Of Seven Bells has had more than their fair share of tragedy, but even in the wake of such an event, Alejandra is able to put together a final album, one that Benjamin Curtis was crafting during his very last days. Posthumous album SVIIB drops on February 26th, and today, new song On My Heart has been unleashed. The song tightly whirs and resolutely pulses, an effervescent, tingling synthpop beauty. Pre-order SVIIB on iTunes and get two songs now. 

November 15, 2015
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I can’t boast to be a fan of School of Seven Bells from the very beginning. It was Disconnect From Desire, their second album in 2010, that really made me a fan, despite having heard of debut album Alpinisms previously. You see, my meticulous dive into indie music only began circa the mid 2000′s and expanded slowly over the course of several years, uncontrived and quite naturally. But by the time Ghostory came out in 2012, my love for the band from New York was undeniable and strong. So, when tragedy struck, it struck deep. When their EP, Put Your Sad Down came out, it stuck deep. A few weeks ago, when Alejandra announced that posthumous album SVIIB would be released in February 2016, it was some of the poignantly best news ever, sending chills down the spines of every School of Seven Bells fan in the world. This was the last music that Benjamin Curtis ever created, back in 2012. This is the last music that School of Seven Bells will ever release. And today, we get to heard lead single Open Your Eyes, on which SVIIB is as intoxicating as ever. Open Your Eyes is a gorgeously rippling synthpop song, dreamy and wistful, a pulsating mass of melancholia and hopefulness all intermingled into one comforting, cascading wall of enveloping warmth. I’ll be waiting for new album SVIIB, ready for a moving, cathartic listen full of complexity and depth.

June 25, 2014
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Everyone who loves School Of Seven Bells knows about the tragic passing of Benjamin Curtis from lymphoma at the end of last year. Much of the music world mourned the sad news. SVIIB’s influence reached wide and far. Before passing, Benjamin recorded his last music on his laptop from his hospital bed in New York. I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up) is that last music, a dreamy, high flying take on the original, by Joey Ramone. Yes, I know. Chills, right? Despite the situation he was in, the song is infused with optimism and upbeat attitude. All I can say is, RIP, Benjamin Curtis, and thank you. Even in passing, you gift us such hope through such soaring, magnificent music. 

June 25, 2014
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Everyone who loves School Of Seven Bells knows about the tragic passing of Benjamin Curtis from lymphoma at the end of last year. Much of the music world mourned the sad news. SVIIB’s influence reached wide and far. Before passing, Benjamin recorded his last music on his laptop from his hospital bed in New York. I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up) is that last music, a dreamy, high flying take on the original, by Joey Ramone. Yes, I know. Chills, right? Despite the situation he was in, the song is infused with optimism and upbeat attitude. All I can say is, RIP, Benjamin Curtis, and thank you. Even in passing, you gift us such hope through such soaring, magnificent music. 

Light & Love

March 13, 2013

Vancouver bedroom pop producer Teen Daze put a new track up on his bandcamp today, titled Light & Love. It’s available to buy for $1 and the proceeds go to support Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells. If you still haven’t heard yet, he’s fighting his way through cancer treatment and could really use the support. There are many artists and bands trying to drum up some support for the cause. Don’t just stream the gorgeous, shimmery, chillwave track, help out if you can and head to Teen Daze’s bandcamp!

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Light & Love

March 13, 2013

Vancouver bedroom pop producer Teen Daze put a new track up on his bandcamp today, titled Light & Love. It’s available to buy for $1 and the proceeds go to support Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells. If you still haven’t heard yet, he’s fighting his way through cancer treatment and could really use the support. There are many artists and bands trying to drum up some support for the cause. Don’t just stream the gorgeous, shimmery, chillwave track, help out if you can and head to Teen Daze’s bandcamp!

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/track=3116030495/size=venti/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

February 2, 2013
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Holy crap. This was a surprise of the day. Ever thought pairing School of Seven Bells with Walk the Moon? No? Well, I haven’t either, but here it is, folks, a remix of Walk the Moon’s Tightrope by School of Seven Bells! And boy, it sounds pretty good. Walk the Moon’s upbeat, feel good indie rock/pop gets a magical sheen and some synthy undertones. Sweet stuff.