Alejandra Deheza knew that SVIIB would be the last School Of Seven Bells album due to Benjamin Curtis’ passing, and she could have easily made it a gloomy and somber affair. Instead, it’s one of the most unabashedly exuberant and hopeful records of the year so far, an accurate footnote for a band that was so often taken with dreams. We’ve already heard the stellar opening run from “Ablaze,” “On My Heart,” “Open Your Heart,” and now the whole thing is streaming via NPR. If you’re looking for some reading material while listening, revisit our profile on the band, “Out Of The Desert: School Of Seven Bells’ Final Chapter.” Listen below.
SVIIB is out 2/26 via Vagrant.