School of Seven Bells – “Half Asleep”

School of Seven Bells – “Half Asleep”

Considering how well they melded shoegaze, dreampop, krautrock, and electronic influences with an unerring pop sense, School Of Seven Bells should have gotten more love from not just me, but everyone. I mean, I did listen to and enjoy all of their records, but for whatever reason, never became one of my all-timers and whenever I go back and listen, I don’t understand why.

Formed by the Dehaza twins from On!Air!Library! and Benjamin Curtis of The Secret Machines, they released two records before Claudia Deheza left the band and their final record, 2016’s SVIIB, was released as a tribute to Curtis, who died of lymphoma in December of 2013.

One of their finest moments was “Half Asleep”, which was released in September 2006 ahead of their debut full-length Alpinisms the following month. It showcased the twins’ harmonies, at the time a foundational pillar of the band, and their gift for melody and texture. This was a song I kind of lived in for a while some 15 years ago, and relistening to it now, I remember why.

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