Disconnect from Desire - School of Seven Bells
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  • Band members: Alejandra De Heza, Claudia Deheza, Benjamin Curtis
  • Summary: On their second album, School of Seven Bells cast themselves as an update of a specific kind of misfit band. Alpinisms reconstituted late-’80/early-‘90s shoegaze. Disconnect from Desire, however, updates the sound of a kind of band that would have opened for Peter Gabriel and Eurythmics, or headlined over Revolver, rather than tour with the likes of Lush, Ride, and Pale Saints. Here, a focused songcraft and central placement of the Deheza twins’ alluring vocals -- which tend to be lower and more earthly than they were on the debut -- disallow School of Seven Bells from being squarely shoegaze. At the same time, the band is too left of center, too odd, to be considered anywhere near the mainstream. Their cleaner, less wispy, more muscular sound, combined with more traditional songwriting, is not that radical a change. It’s closer to a slight shift that registers after a couple spins, once it becomes apparent that deeply emotive and relatively sparse songs like “I L U,” “Joviann,” and “The Wait” would have made excellent tracks buried throughout Sire’s Just Say series. They have shoegaze lyric-generator staples like wind, waves, ocean, storms, and even talk of “slipping away.” And yet, the words are not merely functional, written solely for the sake of complementing the sound as an additional instrument. They’re either poetically vague or vaguely poetic -- stuff like “Let me will the dial to turn and gild the air with silver pearls of rain” and “When’s the wait a cradle in which you’re lulled from time to time, soundly spun into an insensate lie.” The thicker, more driving songs resemble a polished, warm Curve, whipping up squalls of noise over robust played-and-programmed rhythms that soar more often than batter. No matter the amount of layering, not a single element is obscured. This vivid directness suits them very well. ~ Andy Kellman Expand
  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Dream Pop
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. For the listener, disconnecting will be all but impossible.
  2. Sure, they may have lost their vulnerability, but School Of Seven Bells suit their new found assurance, and in doing so win our hearts for a second time.
  3. With the band now considerably more settled, the release of Disconnect from Desire is confirmation that SVIIB's meticulous balance between the spiritual and choral has reached a confident, polished plateau.
  4. It's airy, synth-heavy and loud, and it moves like a glacier.
  5. 60
    Like many bands before them who similarly created magic with their debut albums, this Brooklyn trio can't quite harness the same level of energy for their sophomore effort.
  6. It's not that the band sounds exactly like Stereolab, or like anyone else, but listening to Disconnect from Desire feels like shuffling through a '90s alt-rock playlist.
  7. The Stepford wives of shoegaze.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    8
    On their second album SVIIB abandon the world music references and move towards dream pop. I respect that conscious decision even if it means Disconnect from Desire sounds less exciting than Alpinisms. Nevertheless, this is SVIIB we are talking about - Desire offers some awesome moments. Dust Devil is an indie electronic masterwork as precise as it is hypnotic. In Bye Bye Bye the Deheza twins excel themselves and reach for the moon. The whole album is very solid for SVIIB derive from whatâ Expand
  2. Sep 20, 2010
    4
    Negative critics are on the money. Something is missing. I rate by will I like this in one year, 10 years, 50 years. This music is so forgettable. Best tracks ( I L U, Windstorm) Expand