Saturday, August 9th, 2008
Photo by Guillermo Herren
I discovered Brooklyn trio On!Air!Library! a bit too late to be of use – they were already done promoting their debut self-title and before long, would quietly announce their disbanding. It’s a shame, too, because the trio, fronted by twin sisters Claudia and Alley Deheza, had managed to craft a unique style of beautifully fractured dreampop that was as compelling as it was confusing. Claudia Deheza and third On!Air!Librarian Phillip Wann would go on to form the underappreciated and decidedly more pop Daylight’s For The Birds, though she would leave before their debut album Trouble Everywhere was completed.
Eventually, she found her way back to her sister who had started a new project with husband and ex-Secret Machine Bejamin Curtis, which brings us to now – and School Of Seven Bells. They made their recorded debut in Fall of last year with the Face To Face On High Places vinyl-only EP and not at all surprisingly, with the angelic harmonies of the Deheza sisters SVIIB evoke the same blend of dream and delirium that defined O!A!L! – less hazy in production but simultaneously more oblique and anthemic in songcraft. But in the past year, it seems they’ve rediscovered the joys of pure pop – they’ll be following that up with a 7″ single on September 16 for “Half Asleep”, which is available to stream at Stereogum, and their first proper full-length Alpinisms on October 28, from which you can grab another song below. Based on those two tracks, I am very very looking forward to this record – the songs are both stunning.
And because it’s just a gorgeous song, “World’s Away” from Daylight’s For The Birds featuring Claudia Deheza on vocals. I’m a bit concerned that the band has been silent for some time, and haven’t even logged into their MySpace in a couple months. Never a good sign.
Holy Fuck have a date at the Phoenix for September 25.
Video: Ladytron – “Runaway”