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Video of the Moment #2050: School of Seven Bells

 
By on Tuesday, 29th March 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

When I first learned of School of Seven Bells early on in my blogging career, they were a trio comprised of identical twins Alejandra (vocals and guitar) and Claudia Deheza (keyboards and vocals) and Benjamin Curtis (guitars, synthesisers, and vocals). Claudia left in 2010, leaving her sister and Curtis to continue on with the name. Sadly, in 2013, Curtis died after a nearly year-long battle with lymphoma.

‘SVIIB’, the last true School of Seven Bells album ever to be released, was unveiled last month, over 2 years since Curtis’ untimely passing at the age of 35. While their legend is now steeped in sadness, the positive pop sensibility of the Bells’ music is evident in ‘Ablaze’, the muscular, brash track from the new album that now has its own promo. “How could I forget it?” Alejandra asks, though I think that’s more of a rhetorical question than anything else, because she will never forget Curtis, and nor will we. Another lyric from the song goes, “the day we met there was a new fire”: I can’t imagine a better song to honour Curtis’ memory and all the wonderful music the three musicians made together when he was still with us. Watch and listen to ‘Ablaze’ below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPWJ0MreHeg[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #863: School of Seven Bells

 
By on Saturday, 30th June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

Here is the latest video from a song off ‘Ghostory’, School of Seven Bells‘ latest album. The video was the winner from many, many entries submitted to the band to fit this song ‘The Night’. The duo explain why they chose it:

This video really stood out for us in a big way. While there were so many amazing submissions, this one really did what music videos do best. It found a particular nuance in the song, and expanded upon it in a way that only the visual medium can. In a sense, being left behind makes children out of all of us. The conflict of the loneliness that suddenly comes over us in that situation, combined with the ecstasy of finally feeling free, is a really tough thing to capture, and we were so happy to see it brought to life in such a beautiful way. The casting is unbelievable! Not only is the resemblance incredible, the emotion in this girl’s face is beyond her years, and her performance nearly had us both in tears the first time we watched it together. I’m not sure I’ll hear the night again without imagining this girl either dancing her heart out, tormented and trapped in a corner, or casting a dark spell over whoever left her there alone. It’s exactly what this song is meant to look like.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSAiuHRuFc4[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #774: School of Seven Bells

 
By on Wednesday, 25th April 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

The nautical and urban beauty of Los Angeles is profiled in the new promo from School of Seven Bells for ‘Reappear’. The song’s a sultry slow burner. Watch the video below.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/39785980[/vimeo]

 

Video of the Moment #730: School of Seven Bells

 
By on Thursday, 8th March 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Last week we gave away the Scissor Sisters‘ remix of ‘Lafaye’, off School of Seven Bells‘ latest album and the first they’ve put out as a duo, ‘Ghostory’. (Grab the MP3 from this previous MP3 of the Day post.)

Tonight, we’ve got the new video to go along with the original ‘Lafaye’. In terms of the visual aspect, it’s dark and eerie, but as soon as the dance beat starts in, you’re reminded why School of Seven Bells is so great. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUrQnDVWXvo[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #498: School of Seven Bells

 
By on Tuesday, 28th February 2012 at 10:00 am
 

School of Seven Bells (now a duo) released their new album ‘Ghostory’ this week, and here is Scissor Sisters‘ reinterpretation of album track ‘Lafaye’. Listen to and download it for free below.

 

MP3 of the Day #444: Surfer Blood

 
By on Tuesday, 22nd November 2011 at 10:00 am
 

A Surfer Blood song getting remixed by School of Seven Bells? Sounds like a train wreck just waiting to happen. Are demonic synths helping or hindering this track? We’ll leave that decision up to you; you can listen to and download the remix below.

Braden didn’t think much of the band’s latest EP ‘Tarot Classics’; you can read his review here.

 
 
 

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