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School of Seven Bells: Disconnect from Desire

by on August 10, 2010


At first glance the band name School of Seven Bells sounds a bit awkward. But with a minimal amount of research one will uncover that the School of Seven Bells is the legend of an academy of pickpockets based in South America.

On their first album Alpinisms, Benjamin Curtis of Secret machines and his identical twin duo Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, created a a vivid tale through ominous tones and a dream-like vibe unique only to them.

However, the originality of their past 2008 album has been overshadowed by what seems to be a slightly overproduced album.

Disconnect from Desire starts out with the slight build up of “Windstorm” and gains traction as it progresses through the ten song set.

My mantra has been, and always will be, that impressions over music change over time, mentality, and experience. My number one example for this was proven by one of my all-time favorite albums, Merriweather Post Pavillion – Animal Collective. At first I was disconcerted by the sound I was hearing, but a few months later, after giving it a re-listen, it changed my view of music forever.

As such I hesitate to rank Disconnect From Desire. The album contains a handful of gems that I wouldn’t mind listening to again, but at the same time I felt the album was dry at times, I almost had to force myself at points to keep chugging through the album.

Alejandra and Claudia Deheza possess downright beautiful voices with the power to captivate their audience. Unfortunately, what they carry in voice, they lack in grip, in holding their audiences attention. This album is one that will be played as background to study sessions, to date nights, to chilling out; but it will not be something remembered, it has not broken any boundaries. And for that, I give the rating 7 out of 10. For breaking into #200 on Billboard, and retaining catchy riffs.


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