“School Of Seven Bells – The Night Despite having spent years cultivating a heady brew of post-rock, electronica and chillwave that couldn’t be more now if it were carrying the Olympic Torch, School Of Seven Bells seem to have slipped off the map somewhat of late. The Night is SOSB at their excellent best; vital, pulsing and with the kind of ethereal vocals and chiming, dreamy guitars that recall the Cocteau Twins at their finest. With Austra so feted and subsequently failing to deliver last year, the air is right for a School Of Seven Bells takeover, so why isn’t it happening? Don’t ask me, that was a rhetorical question, but you could do far worse than to give The Night a spin or twelve. It’s a hungry track that demands your attention, balances beauty and energy with a deftness rarely encountered, and creates a gorgeous, enveloping atmosphere to boot. 9/10 – SINGLE OF THE WEEK”—Forever In Acrylic Afternoons: The Singles Bar: 21/05/12
“Subterranean Homesick Alien” by School of Seven Bells // Musik Express Tribute to OK Computer (2012)
For the 15th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking album, OK Computer, German magazine Musik Express have compiled a special tribute album by gathering artists to cover each track. The tribute features contributions from Hooray for Earth, Ada, Diagrams, Austra, School of Seven Bells, and many more. Here is a taster of “Subterranean Homesick Alien” as performed by electro shoegazers School of Seven Bells. It’s a hazy dream pop take on the original which swaps out live drums for a skittish beat and ethereal synths. Highly recommended.
“This video really stood out for us in a big way. While there were so many amazing submissions, this one really did what music videos do best. It found a particular nuance in the song, and expanded upon it in a way that only the visual medium can. In a sense, being left behind makes children out of all of us. The conflict of the loneliness that suddenly comes over us in that situation, combined with the ecstasy of finally feeling free, is a really tough thing to capture, and we were so happy to see it brought to life in such a beautiful way. The casting is unbelievable! Not only is the resemblance incredible, the emotion in this girl’s face is beyond her years, and her performance nearly had us both in tears the first time we watched it together. I’m not sure I’ll hear the night again without imagining this girl either dancing her heart out, tormented and trapped in a corner, or casting a dark spell over whoever left her there alone. It’s exactly what this song is meant to look like.”—The Night | School of Seven Bells
“Friday April 20: School of Seven Bells at the Rickshaw Stop
A definite flop. A peculiar mesh of an unfriendly crowd that seemed like they came because they heard one of the band’s songs on Gossip Girl. Strange attempt at a flirtatious dynamic between SSB’s singer and guitarist that seemed contrived and uncomfortable. Left early to go listen to Bright Eyes’ Digital Ash In A Digital Urn in my apartment.”—