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    Thu, 24 Nov 2011 08:28:29

     School of Seven Bells to Release "Ghostory" on Feb. 28 - The band has shrunk from a trio to a duo

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    • School of Seven Bells - NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15:  Musicians Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells pose on the runway at the Levi's Fall 2012 Global Collection Presentation at 82 Mercer on February 15, 2012 in New York City.
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    School Of Seven Bells are back with their third release, Ghostory, out Feb. 28 on Vagrant Records/Ghostly International.

    So what's new?

    The band's lineup has evolved dramatically along with the music. Formerly a trio, the band is now a duo: guitarist/producer Benjamin Curtis and vocalist Alejandra Deheza. Hey, bands aren't immune to the same issues as the economy, and sometimes cutbacks make things leaner, more efficient and better. We are sure that is the case with School of Seven Bells.

    Recorded in-between tours, Ghostory exemplifies a fervent progression of School of Seven Bells' (SVIIB) growth as artists, preserving the common themes found on their last two releases but exposing them in different fashions. The familiar ethereal and enigmatic tones are omnipresent, surrounded by layers of influences from ‘80s pop, shoegaze and ambient electronic sounds. However, Ghostory comes with a story in mind; the tale of a young girl named Lafaye and the ghosts that surround her life.

    "Everyone has ghosts," says Alejandra Deheza. "They're every love you've ever had, every hurt, every betrayal, every heartbreak. They follow you, stay with you." This detailed storytelling is evident from start to finish on the record, weaving a tale that moves between a fervent synthesized adventure and spacious lyrical euphoria. Tracks like "Love Play" and "Show Me Love" create a hauntingly indelible atmosphere that grab attention with the ambitious wordplay in the center of it all. Surrounding tracks like "Lafaye" and "Scavenger" entice the vibe of previous SVIIB releases with their steadily dance-centric tempo and uplifting melodic progressions. Ghostory flows seamlessly and effortlessly, a result of the shared songwriting process.

    "Ghostory is our most collaborative music to date," said Benjamin Curtis. "Alley (Alejandra) and I have always written our music together, but always independently and on our own time. We knew we wanted to do something that was more sensual and spontaneous than anything we had ever done before, and that meant writing together in a room, coming up with ideas quickly and immediately reacting to what the other person was doing."

    We love a good Ghostory.

    Are you in the mood for a Ghostory?

    —Maggie Pannacione

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