Thursday, July 15, 2010

TVD Summer Vinyl Giveaway | School of Seven Bells "Disconnect From Desire"

Man, I love to hate on Pitchfork. And I have here with frequency— so I'll spare ya the tirade.

But...crap. Today I totally agree with their review of School of Seven Bells' sophomore release, "Disconnect From Desire." I mean, they gave it an 8.0.

"SVIIB have since toured extensively, and their road-tripping appears to have made them more focused songwriters and performers. In the last two years they've not only coalesced into a band, but a band with a distinctive signature. That the flirtatious earworm "Bye Bye Bye" on new album, Disconnect from Desire, near-quotes "Soon"'s hiccupping breakbeat seems appropriate somehow. SVIIB still work with a handful of shoegaze motifs, which they now use to highlight certain emotional states (typically turmoil and ambivalence). But it's the band's assertive pop melodies that prevail on their sophomore album.



Desire's lead track and first single "Windstorm" signals the transition as its instrumental drone slides into the Dehezas’ crystalline vocals. Far from fuzzy and undefined, the song draws clean, three and a half minute pop parameters. "Joviann" and "Babelonia" achieve similar results with intros, outros, and choruses drenched in atmospheric distortion that dissipates to reveal melodic throughways. "Heart Is Strange", a marvelous club banger with the zeal and vivacity of Ladytron's "Destroy Everything You Touch", marks yet another shift in aesthetic priorities..."

Don't take it from me—or from Pitchfork for that matter—decide for yourself as we've got"Disconnect From Desire" on vinyl for one of your mailboxes out there. Get at us in the comments to this post with your plea for the LP and the one that reaches 8.0 or higher will score the record.

And please—I can't stress this enough—leave us a contact email address. You could pen a 10.0 comment but if we can't let you about it, you're outta luck.

We'll choose our winner next Thursday, 7/22.


School of Seven Bells - Windstorm (Mp3)

School of Seven Bells - Babelonia (Mp3)
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21 comments:

Kyle said...

If Pitchfork gave this album an 8.0, they are directly telling me that I need to listen to this album. The problem is, they didn't tell me how to get a hold of it. Your job is to deliver the vinyl to my hands so I can justify the 8.0.

kdbusse@gmail.com

Audrey said...

I came to TVD for album reviews after being let down by Pitchfork too many times. If you agree with their 8.0, I know they've finally got it right for once and definitely need to hear this album.

audreyfennell@gmail.com

daionne said...

I remember exactly what I was doing on the day that I heard Conjuur. I put the song on repeat for the rest of the night and my need for shoegaze began. If their sophomore album is anything like Alpinisms my current life will be this vinyl T______T

diflorian@gmail.com

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