Thursday, May 21, 2009

School Of Seven Bells - "Alpinisms" CD

From the ashes of indie rock act Secret Machines and the more experimental On!Air!Library! comes this sweet and swirly bit of auditory candy. Elements of shoegaze register quickly on this radar, as does the gentle shuffle of trip-hop/electronica, all gelled together in a melodic and accessible pop framework. 'Face To Face On High Places' is an early standout, with the cooing reverberated vocals of twin sisters Claudia and Alejandra Deheza channeling Liz Frazier without being a knockoff. It's a warm and lilting vibe here, from the minor-key layered textures of the ethereal 'Half Asleep' to the Joy Division-like starkness of 'White Elephant Coat'. Call it 'dream pop' if you want, as 'Alpinisms' certainly scales some otherworldly reverb-friendly heights, yet has a well-pronounced melodic, song-oriented form. Imagine a well-balanced melding of Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, His Name Is Alive, Postal Service, and Bowery Electric, and, if a few of these are already in your collection, you'll be in for a treat with 'Alpinisms'. A beautiful and enjoyable record. (Ghostly International)

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