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Stream: School of Seven Bells’ new album SVIIB

on February 18, 2016, 10:25am

On February 26th, School of Seven Bells will put out their new album, SVIIB, through Vagrant Records. In anticipation, the LP is streaming in its entirety below courtesy of NPR.com.

The group’s fourth full-length following 2012’s Ghostory also serves as their final. It comprises material guitarist/producer Benjamin Curtis had recorded before his death in 2013. In a statement, bandmate Alejandra Deheza detailed the album, calling it a “love letter from start to finish”:

“Benjamin and I wrote this record during a tour break in the summer of 2012. I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives. What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could deliver, but even that wouldn’t stop the vision for this record from being realized. This is a love letter from start to finish. It’s the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that’s the story of School of Seven Bells. So much love to all of you. Thank you for being a constant light in our lives.

This record is for you.”

In his review of SVIIB, Geoff Nelson writes, “The heartbreak is both narrative and metanarrative at once, an album that grieves even when it isn’t explicitly grieving. When Deheza sings, ‘There was a you before me/ There was a me before you/ And that’s just the way it goes,’ it’s meant as a reassuring and independent gesture in the context of the song, but it rips at the guts when you consider her grief. Still, the synths bang on.”

The highly-anticipated album is preceded by the songs “Open Your Eyes” and “On My Heart”.

(Read: School of Seven Bells: Our Time Is Indestructible)

Pre-order it here.

SVIIB Tracklist:
01. Ablaze
02. On My Heart
03. Open Your Eyes
04. A Thousand Times More
05. Elias
06. Signals
07. Music Takes Me
08. Confusion
09. This Is Our Time


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