School of Seven Bells

Alpinisms (Deluxe Version)

The Deluxe Edition of Brooklyn trio School of Seven Bells’ critically acclaimed debut album Alpinisms includes nine bonus tracks including demo versions, alternate takes, and new mixes of songs from the album.

School of Seven Bells’ full-length debut, Alpinisms, is best introduced with a little etymology: Mercurial French author Rene Daumal defined “alpinism” as “the art of climbing mountains.” Art, of course, means many things: the perfection of craft, the transcendence of spirit, the physical world and the truth found beyond it. Alpinists, then, are both athletes and mystics. They practice “pure” climbing, hands gripping the cragged incline sans rope or guide, forcing their bodies ever-upward in the name of earthly enlightenment. “Alpinisms,” says Daumal enthusiast and guitarist Alejandra Deheza, “are mountain-climbing songs.”

Alpinisms is an electronically enhanced pop record of dizzying highs and claustrophobic lows, whose painstaking conception shows in its detail-laden crevices. On the album’s best tracks – the polyrhythmic dream-pop of “Face to Face in High Places,”“the nervous shimmer of “My Cabal,” the menacing lilt of “Iamundernodisguise” – Benjamin Curtis constructs layers of shoegazing, moire-patterned guitars, while sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza intertwine their near-identical voices like the fingers of praying hands. Throughout, the whole heavenly affair is tethered to the ground with a glitchy, tribal thwomp.

In Alpinisms, technology collides with cryptic religious imagery and airtight songcraft; knowledge begets action; and School of Seven Bells master an alien climate with effortless artistry.

About School of Seven Bells

Like many bands before them, School of Seven Bells were born as the result of a late-night revelation. Benjamin Curtis connected with sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza in 2004 while their bands...check out School of Seven Bells's page and other releases

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  • release date:
  • October 13, 2009
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Tracklisting

1Iamundernodisguise
2Face To Face On High Places
3Half Asleep
4Wired For Light
5For Kalaja Mari
6White Elephant Coat
7Connjur
8Sempiternal/Amaranth
9Chain
10Prince Of Peace
11My Cabal
12Wired For Light [Live Drum Version]
13Half Asleep [Alternate Version]
14White Elephant Coat [ Early Demo Version]
15Caldo [Live On Stereogum's Decomposed]
16Sempiternal [Alternate Version]
17Iamundernodisguise [Vocal Mix I]
18My Cabal [Early Mix 07]
19Connjur [Alternate Version]
20For Kalaja Mari [Drum Outtake Mix]
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  • School of Seven Bells - "Half Asleep"