If School of Seven Bells’ Alpinisms is divided between two stylistic imprints – one consisting of heavenly drones and soaring melodies, the other built upon tribal beats and hypnotic, incantatory vocals – then “Iamundernodisguise,” the album’s second single, is most definitely of the latter type.
An electronic calypso marked by ping-ponging percussion and one of the Deheza sisters’ slinkier melodies, “Iamundernodisguise” teases out School of Seven Bells’ sinister side within the parameters of a darkly catchy pop song. Repetition is the key here, as the Dehezas sing breathy, cryptic promises (“I am neither walker nor sleeper / I am neither sister, brother, son, nor daughter”) over and over as the beat goes on.
B-side “Trance Figure (Nobody Remix)” takes the Dehezas’ already-detached vocals into even more disorienting territory. West Coast producer Nobody places the sisters in abstract, dubby surroundings: as the Dehezas’ disembodied voices intone “Gods and idols are vessels that house our intentions,” Nobody’s hollow synthesizers echo the sentiment.
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