Named after a legendary school for pickpockets, School of Seven Bells came together when Benjamin Curtis met the Deheza twins, Alejandra and Claudia, of On!Air!Library!, while his old band, Secret Machines, was on tour opening for Interpol in 2007. The trio struck up a friendship and musical partnership, which has yielded several full-length albums. Fans of M83 and Ladytron will appreciate the sonically rich, electro-inflected dream pop that this group crafts so well. Rooted in lyrics written ahead of the music itself, School's songs have an uncommonly cohesive structure and informal narrative — not unlike a short experimental film. Although Claudia dropped out of the band in 2010, the remaining members appear to have enriched rather than stripped down the core of expansive melodies.
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