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Female Vocals Wednesday: Pinkshinyultrablast & School of Seven Bells

Wednesday 24 February 2016

I just couldn’t decide between the two, so, as a special treat on this ‘Female Vocals Wednesday’, you get two bands-with-female-vocalists for the price of one, as both have albums coming out this Friday. Russian dreampop-ers Pinkshinyultrablast release their second album Grandfeathered, and School of Seven Bells release their fourth (and sadly, final) album SVIIB.


I’ve been a fan of School of Seven Bells since their 2008 debut Alpinisms, and feel lucky to have seen them live as a three-piece, pre-Claudia Deheza’s departure and the death of Ben Curtis in 2013. Alejandra Deheza remained, and has put together this final album with the help of producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, using material she and Ben (who were best friends and ex-partners) had written together before his death. Of the three tracks so far released from SVIIB, Open Your Eyes remains my favourite. The chorus lyrics are beautiful, and clearly a message from Ben to Alejandra (although sung by Alejandra); “open your eyes love, ’cause you’ve been sleeping / it’s getting hard to bear watching you all alone / I know your heart is broken and you’ve been weeping, but I’ve been waiting here patiently for too long”. Listen to the full track here.

On a slightly cheerier note, check out The Cherry Pit, the first release from Pinkshinyultrablast’s Grandfeathered. I saw these guys too, just a few months ago at XOYO, and loved it. As a huge Cocteau Twins fan, singer Lyubov Soloveva’s ethereal and indiscernible vocals really appeal to me. And apparently she sings in English, and not Russian? But you’d never know.

  •  Zoë presents a ‘new music with female vocals’ show for Hoxton Radio every Sunday, 4-6pm. Every Wednesday, she will be introducing one of her favourite female vocalists to Spindle.