School of Seven Bells, “Babelonia” MP3


A few years ago, we took a trip to Baja, Mexico that included a two hour drive on a two-lane highway simultaneously in the desert and beside the ocean. Our shitty little white rental car somehow had pretty good speakers, so we listened to School of Seven Bells. Their debut LP, Alpinisms, was perfect for that strange trip across crazy terrain. "Babelonia," from their upcoming sophomore album, Disconnect From Desire, furthers that path, with the lush vocals of sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza so sweet over a full soundscape. Not until the song's very end does the digital sheen subside and you're left with the driving guitar and a slow voice, what had been the backbone the entire time. School of Seven Bells songs work so magically because they compliment that singular strength. Watch our Open Bar session with the group where they play, with just acoustic guitar and voice, Alpinisms' "White Elephant Coat." It's almost unrecognizable from the album version. School of Seven Bells' transition from this simple songwriting to their larger cosmic thesis is what makes them so special.

School of Seven Bells, “Babelonia” MP3