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.