School of Seven Bells - "Conjur" - mp3
Yesterday, we picked up the new record, Alpinisms from School of Seven Bells, and while we've only listened a few times since yesterday, we can say that it's pretty damn excellent. As per the usual, before we could write about it, Pitchfork slapped it with an 8.0 and a recommended status -- but we shall not be deterred!
The record get's a little long towards the end (it's almost an hours worth of music,) yet, Alpinisms is consistent and dutifully crafted. Formed by Ben Curtis of the Secret Machines, this is the group's first full-length effort. The band has described the record as "mountain climbing music" and it seems to be just that. Each song develops well and constantly progresses to its dark and chilling natural peak. It's melodic, organic, and electronic all at the same time. That works perfectly for us. STARK recommended.
School of Seven Bells plays this Friday, Nov. 14, with another Stark favorite M83 at Webster Hall in NY. Should be a great show.
Full tour dates with M83 after the jump...
Nov 12 2008 8:00P w/ M83 Charlotte, North Carolina
Nov 13 2008 9:00P w/ M83 WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Nov 14 2008 8:00P w/ M83 New York, New York
Nov 15 2008 8:00P w/ M83 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 16 2008 8:30P w/ M83 Northampton, Massachusetts
Nov 18 2008 10:00P w/ M83 Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 19 2008 8:00P w/ M83 Montreal, Quebec
Nov 20 2008 8:00P w/ M83 Toronto, Ontario
Nov 21 2008 8:00P w/ M83 Chicago, Illinois
Nov 22 2008 10:00P w/ M83 Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 25 2008 8:00P w/ M83 Seattle, Washington
Nov 26 2008 7:30P w/ M83 Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 27 2008 9:00P w/ M83 Portland, Oregon
Nov 28 2008 8:00P w/ M83 San Francisco, California
Nov 29 2008 10:00P w/ M83 Los Angeles, California