Daily Rotation: School of Seven Bells

20 Oct

Dang! I’m sooooo slow to purchase things, such as tickets, in a timely fashion. Snooze ya lose, I suppose. I really wanted to check out this trio, School of Seven Bells, aka SVIIB, who will be performing at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, as part of the CMJ Music Festival, this Friday, October 23rd. SOLD OUT, son. Along with them is the London based band the xx. DAAANG!

SVIIB is a three-piece band formed by Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines, together with the dreamy-voiced & visaged identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. The music can be described as dream-pop, shoegaze (or nugaze), just plain indie, y’all.

courtesy of SVIIB's Myspace

courtesy of SVIIB's Myspace

Interesting fact: The band got their name afterwatchin a PBS documentary about the School of the Seven Bells, a mythical South American pickpocket training academy from the ’80’s.

Some insight into their debut record Alpinisms, from their record label, Ghostly International:

Alpinisms is an electronically enhanced pop record of dizzying highs and claustrophobic lows, whose painstaking conception shows in its detail-laden crevices. On the album’s best tracks – the polyrhythmic dream-pop of “Face to Face in High Places,”“the nervous shimmer of “My Cabal,” the menacing lilt of “Iamundernodisguise” – Benjamin Curtis constructs layers of shoegazing, moire-patterned guitars, while sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza intertwine their near-identical voices like the fingers of praying hands. Throughout, the whole heavenly affair is tethered to the ground with a glitchy, tribal thwomp.”

Nervous shimmer? Moiré Pattern guitars?? Loves it!

Enjoy the video for “Half Asleep”

Amidst the bright lines, SVIIB, courtesy of the band's Myspace page

Amidst the bright lines, SVIIB, courtesy of the band's Myspace page

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