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.