School of Seven Bells “Alpinisms” (2008)

September 16, 2011

School of Seven Bells’ Alpinisms is one of those rare records that despite sounding interesting on paper actually sound interesting. It’s an intriguing blend of dream pop, electronic and that Eastern feel which makes the album (especially tracks 8-10) irresistible. Virtually, Iamundernodisguise is a sufficient proof of duo’s talent (at the time of LP’s release SVIIB were a trio consisting of Benjamin Curtis and identical twins, Alejandra and Claudia Deheza; however, Claudia left the band three months after the release of their second album). The opening track has an amazing tribal beat and the singing sisters do magic when they chant I am neither sister brother son nor daughter / Solely in my chest is my heart a drum of water. SVIIB have certain mysticism and it has nothing to do with cheap New Age spiritual emotion.

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: Chain, Iamundernodisguise, Prince of Peace, Sempiternal / Amaranth

Listen to Iamundernodisguise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt-SNwyxsBM

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