Wow, School of Seven Bells. I was just talking about them like a month or so ago, saying it's been forever since I heard from them. What were they doing? Were they okay? I knew one of the members had left the band - which is a band I hold dear to my heart, because I've seen them live several times and connected to their music very intimately when I was a college student.
Flash forward to yesterday, when I read an NPR feature about the fact School of Seven Bells had indeed lost yet another member to illness (Ben Curtis), and only one member remained, Alejandra Deheza. She is releasing the last bit of music she worked with Curtis on - right up until his death in late 2013 - in the final School of Seven Bells album, "SVIIB."
This song couldn't be a more beautiful tribute to the relationship at the band's core, that of Ben and Alejandra's. It's remarkably positive and harkens back to the band's classic sound, except it's much more inspired than anything they've put out previously in their career.
I can't lie - I'm super-bummed to hear this is what happened to School of Seven Bells. However, from the sounds of it, their last album is going to be phenomenal. Definitely recommended listening.
Thanks for the music, you guys.