School of Seven Bells used to be composed of guitarist/producer Benjamin Curtis and identical twin sisters singers Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. After releasing two promising albums of atmospheric, synth-filled music, Claudia abruptly left the band late last year, citing personal reasons.
The departure of Claudia should, in theory, disrupt the band’s progress since a large part of their appeal is the vocal harmonizing between the twin sisters. It is with some surprise therefore, that I found that I enjoyed School of Seven Bells‘ newest offering, Ghostory, far more than their earlier efforts.
Credit should be given to Curtis, who has turned up the production up a notch. While the songs are still the same synthy affair as before, the difference lies in the brighter energy in its direction – there is more of a new wave feel in the music. The connection between Curtis and remaining twin Alejandra has also become more intimate now that they are a duo and the record is much better because of it.
Check out the ghostly lead single Lafaye and the ethereal opening track The Night below.
School of Seven Bells – Ghostory comes out 2/28 via Vagrant (order here)