Wednesday 13 May 2009 at 8:00pm
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School Of Seven Bells
"Superior dream-pop, closest to Blonde Redhead on their last album, suggestive of M83 making slightly more effort with the lyrics, and in places nodding to Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, Curve" - DrownedinSound.com
#9 in DiS’ Class Of 2009: http://www.drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4136144
"Perfect autumnal dream-pop" - The Guardian
"Ethereal electronic loveliness" - NME
"Brooding yet beautiful electronica" - Dazed & Confused
"Heavenly dream-pop" - Sunday Times
School Of Seven Bells is the collective work of Benjamin Curtis, ex-guitarist from the Secret Machines and identical twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, previously of ambient post-rockers On! Air! Library! and occasional collaborators with Prefuse 73. The band themselves are named after the mythical South American pickpocket academy, the School Of Seven Bells which may or may not have existed in the 1980s, according to a late night documentary Alejandra once caught on US television. The tracks on ‘Alpinisms’ are written as secret missives between the School’s imaginary seven members and introduce us into the dizzyingly inclusive fantasy world of Benjamin, Claudia and Alejandra.
The eleven songs on ‘Alpinisms’ reflect this passion for purity and the pursuit of enlightenment, each building up to an ecstatic crescendo. ‘Alpinisms’ is an electronically enhanced pop record of dizzying highs and claustrophobic lows, whose painstaking conception shows in its detail-laden crevices. Throughout, the whole heavenly affair is tethered to the ground with a glitchy, tribal thwomp.
With influences spread as far and wide as My Bloody Valentine, 80’s electro-pop one hit wonder Debbie Deb (who is having a bit of a revival recently after being remixed by cult DJ and producer Duke Dumont) to obscure prog rockers Gentle Giant and Colombia’s number one diva Toto La Momposina, the School Of Seven Bells’ sound is as schizophrenic as it is blissful. While the three band members remain abstract and experimental in their approach to writing, the result is always glorious ethereal pop music of epic proportions.
"With Animal Collective’s new album 'Merriweather Post Pavillion' already provisionally pencilled in at the top of many an imaginary 'Best Of 2009' chart, you can now safely pencil Telepathe's debut next to it" - DrownedinSound (8/10)
"Female duo Melissa Livaudais and Busy Gangnes make stark, witchy electronica that's subtle and exciting, their mantra-like voices drawing you in like a sinister nursery rhyme, with melodies breaking through their oblique, half-muttered lyrics like beams of winter sunlight" - Observer Music Monthly (4/5)