After many rumblings and murmurs, School of Seven Bells’ full-length debut, Alpinisms, will be released Today. The album is an absolute tour-de-force, a meticulous mix of shoegaze guitars, globe-spanning electronic beats, and sophisticated pop songcraft. Blonde Redhead’s Simon Pace guests on the eleven-and-a-half-minute epic “Semipiternal/Amaranth.”
The band’s revelatory performance at CMJ earned them a front-page nod from the New York Times’ Arts section, and SPIN magazine says that “Alpinisms’ sweeping, ethereal pop reveals a range of influences and a sophisticated approach to arrangement that sets the trio well apart from less imaginative latter-day shoegazers.” Blender’s on board as well, saying, “Match the Deheza sisters’s angelic vocals to a thick plodding beat and Edge-like guitars, and you’ve got something close to nirvana.”
School of Seven Bells travel to London for a few shows tonight and tomorrow, and launch an extensive November tour with Ghostly faves M83 afterwards. Check out all of SVIIB’s tour dates here.
Matthew Dear and his three-piece Big Hands band are kicking off their North American tour, alongside the formidable Telefon Tel Aviv. Later this month, Dear plays CMJ with his band as well as a live set (as Audion) at the Ghostly / Throne of Blood Halloween party in New York City.
In release news, this fall sees Dear’s catalog remixed by his peers and heroes DJ Sneak (on The Robsoul Remixes EP) and The Juan Maclean (on the Pom Pom EP). Dear has also completed a new edition of the Get Physical mix series Body Language, due out in November. Dear discusses the summer that was and his new mix (while dropping a few hints about his future plans) in this extended Self-Titled magazine interview. Derek Plaslaiko compiles his faves of the Dear oeuvre on this exclusive XLR8R podcast.