The final offering from New York duo, School of Seven Bells is here and as always, it's beautiful. Treat this band as like loving someone from start to finish and even after they've left.
Alejandra Deheza's voice has the effortless power to paint your mind with her vision and you'll feel her force through album opener and single "Ablaze".
Whilst making the album, the other half of the band, Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed with lymphoma. Unfortunately, Benjamin passed away.
The majority of the album was recorded before Curtis' death but there is harrowing irony via Deheza's haunting lyrics matched to Curtis' music on "Open Your Eyes."
I don't feel there's a more personal song on this album than the song that directly deals with the incident, "Confusion" gives us a fiery atmosphere of emotion.
The whole album is extremely powerful but my personal favourite on SVIIB is "Signals" which is a song not to be taken lightly.
There is a note from Alejandra on their site:
'Friends, Benjamin and I wrote this record during a tour break in the summer of 2012. I can easily say that it was one of the most creative and inspired summers of our lives. What followed was the most tragic, soul shaking tidal wave that life could deliver, but even that wouldn't stop the vision for this record from being realized. This is a love letter from start to finish. It's the story of us starting from that first day we met in 2004, and that's the story of School of Seven Bells. So much love to all of you. Thank you for being a constant light in our lives. This record is for you.'
It could be deemed hard to get psyched up about a new album knowing the tragic events surrounding the creation of the album but it's emotionally charged and that's why we listen to music.
As much as the album is made for the fans, it's also for her, for him, for everyone connected to them.
SV11B is out 26/02/16 through Vagrant.