School of Seven Bells, 'Disconnect From Desire' (Vagrant)

Disconnect From Desire
Critical Mass
Label: Vagrant

by David Marchese

Alpinisms, School of Seven Bells' intriguing 2008 debut, blended dreamy, deep-focus soundscapes with spiraling melodies sung in close harmony. On Desire, guitarist Ben Curtis and twin sister vocalists, Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, rein in and smooth out those same elements, as songs like the uplifting "Windstorm" and majestic "Joviann" fit space-mother sing-alongs and relaxed Madchester rhythms into snappier verse-chorus structures. Fussy knob-twiddling grounds a couple of tracks, but this skyward-reaching album delivers plenty of solidly earthy pleasures.



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