This week we’re highlighting School of Seven Bell’s fourth and final album, SVIIB. Forming in 2007, they made a wonderful career out of their ethereal form of dream-pop. Evoking such great songwriters as Joni Mitchell and Robert Wyatt, the band always aimed to write smart pop songs that defied further genre specification.
After two albums of recording as a three-piece, keyboard/vocalist Claudia Deheza left the band due to personal reason. Undeterred, her sister Alejandra and fellow founding member Benjamin Curtis went on to record Ghostory in 2012. Hailed by many media outlets as a breakthrough record, the band toured with big indie acts such as Blonde Redhead and Bat for Lashes.
Tragedy struck in 2013 when Curtis was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma – he passed away in December, leaving Deheza as the sole surviving member. Luckily, recording work was completed on SVIIB before Curtis’ death, leaving Alejandra with the unenviable task of finishing their final piece.
Their final record, eponymously titled, has been showered with critical claim. An ephemeral work, filled with their quintessential synth-pop sound – a fitting epitaph to a wonderful band.