School Of Seven Bells
WATCH: ‘On My Heart’ video
SVIIB available now via Full Time Hobby
Produced by Benjamin Curtis & Justin Meldal-Johnsen and Mixed by Tony Hoffer
Photo Credit: Clarke Tolton (left) / Justin Hollar (right)
“Their perfected swan song.”- Pitchfork
“Comforting and luminous.”- Stereogum
“School of Seven Bells had found a way forward, un-self-conscious and unified. Fate made it the end instead of another beginning” – NY Times
Last week School of Seven Bells released a fourth and final album, SVIIB to much critical acclaim from The Guardian, The New York Times, Uncut, Mojo, Pitchfork and Q among others, while album single ‘Ablaze’ remains on regular rotation on the BBC 6 Music A-list. They now share the first official music video for album track ‘On My Heart’.
Watch the ‘On My Heart‘ video HERE
It was in the summer of 2012 that School of Seven Bells’ fourth and final album, SVIIB, was written. “I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives,” Alejandra Deheza recounts. “What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could ever deliver, but even that wouldn’t stop the vision for this record being realized.”
It was in early 2013 that Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with a rare form of T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, less than a year later Deheza would be the sole member of the group. Benjamin Curtis passed away on December 29, 2013.
In 2014 Deheza moved to Los Angeles to finish the record with Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Nine Inch Nails, M83), As soon as Alley was settled in LA it took the two only a month and a half to finish the record. “ 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,” Alley says, “When I see those roman numerals, I just think of an era”.
Alejandra recently chatted with NPR Weekend Edition host Scott Simon about the making of SVIIB. In case you missed it, listen to the interview here.
SVIIB is out now via Vagrant Records in the US, and Full Time Hobby in Europe.