“My Cabal,” the third single from School of Seven Bells’ Alpinisms, has at its core a rather telling bit of wordplay. The word “cabal”-usually pronounced “kuh-BALL,” meaning a secret, conspiratorial clique not unlike School of Seven Bells themselves-is here pronounced “cable,” like the electronic connector. Appropriately, the song “My Cabal” reflects that strange conflation of technology and the supernatural, spinning a drum-machine throb, a few chiming guitars, and a My Bloody Valentine-style atmospheric “whoosh” into a sophisticated dream-pop anthem.
The “My Cabal” single also includes the melancholy instrumental track “My Camarilla,” a gentle “response” from Cabal, the song’s protagonist, to Camarilla, his lady love. The single’s flip-side is particularly stacked, featuring a half-time remix of Alpinism’s vocoder-laden “Chain” by UK ambient legends Seefeel. Finally, Jesu’s Justin Broadrick re-imagines “Face to Face on High Places” as an overdriven fever dream, saturating the song with melting-film guitar tones and hard-edged electronic percussion. For all of Jesu’s added sturm und drang, though, the song ends up somehow even sweeter.
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