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Matthew Dear (left) and The Sight Below are two of the artists on Ghostly International.
Matthew Dear, courtesy of Ghostly; The Sight Below, Bob Hansen/Ghostly
December 13, 2010 We'll Never Stop Living This Way is a compilation from the independent label Ghostly International. The album's 30 songs demonstrate the label's long history of blending rock and electronic music.
Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis of School of Seven Bells.
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October 23, 2010 The alternative band takes the concept of dream-pop to the next level. Singer-songwriter Alejandra Deheza talks about the group's influences, the new album and her sister Claudia's recent departure from the band.
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School of Seven Bells constructed the transporting sound of "Windstorm" to remind listeners of the mountains.
July 15, 2010 At the center of dizzying instrumental hooks, droning guitars and swirling synths that sound like disembodied voices sit School of Seven Bells' angelic, interwoven vocals.
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August 5, 2009 The swirl of sounds and words may seem distant, but School of Seven Bells' "Wired for Light" is still plenty warm. The mesmerizing track harkens back to the distinct mood of U2's Achtung Baby, as a pulsating, head-nodding beat provides the backdrop for a dream world in which "wishes turn out orphans" and "the space is wired for light."
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April 29, 2009 Unique in sound and technique, School of Seven Bells has an electronic, dreamy sound that feels both abstract and carefully crafted. The group takes an unconventional approach to its music, composing ethereal melodies only after the lyrics are written. The result is a collection of airy "mountain-climbing songs" called Alpinisms.
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March 10, 2009 On record, School of Seven Bells has a thick, layered sound, but in KEXP's studios, the Brooklyn trio stripped down to two acoustic guitars and a keyboard. The songs took on a warm, intimate feel with the otherworldly harmonies of the Deheza twins filling the air.
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December 16, 2008 Last year, Benjamin Curtis and twin sisters Ally and Claudia Deheza left the bands they were in, set up a home recording studio and launched an all-consuming music project. Ally Deheza says the arrangement mixes life and art in new ways.
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December 8, 2008 Not to be outdone by its fellow Top 10 listmakers, KEXP presents its Top 11 debut albums of the year. Seattle's Fleet Foxes headlines a deep class of great rock, pop, disco, hip-hop, folk and electro-dance records.
October 27, 2008 Sweden has been producing some of the best pop music of the past decade. On our latest mix we've got new music from singer Lykke Li (pronounced Leaky-Lee), and the sprawling, 30-member group I'm From Barcelona. Also on the show: the British band Wild Beasts with their oddly titled new song "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants;" the wildly strange and wonderful Sparks; twin sisters and the former drummer for Secret Machines form the band School of Seven Bells; and the influential Elephant 6 Orchestra reunites for a magical and historic live performance.
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