Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Song Of The Day

School Of Seven Bells - Half Asleep

School Of Seven Bells is ex Secret Machines-er Benjamin Curtis and On!Air!Library!'s Alejandra and Claudia Deheza. They released their debut album Alpinisms (“the art of climbing mountains.”) last fall on Ghostly International. It is a great record of shoegaze-y dream pop, blending the lines between electronics and organic instrumentation. It is Can meets the Cocteaus, a kinder, gentler My Bloody Valentine. The mountain climbing analogy of the title fits well here as the record climbs to soaring heights and falls into deep, ethereal moments of quiet. The sisters handle the vocals, full of lush harmonizing. Brandon constructs shimmery tracks that mix the prog rock background of his old band with glitchy electronics, glacial synths and occasional tribal beats. Half Asleep is the perfect synthesis of all of it.

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