Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Windstorm” by School of Seven Bells from their 2010 album Disconnect from Desire on Vagrant Records.
This dreamy Brooklyn pop trio offers up tasty new treats with their fantastic sophomore album, Disconnect From Desire. The shoegaze influences are still there, but this seems more polished and poppy than ever before. Thankfully, the angelic voices of twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza are still the focal point of the band. Guitarist Benjamin Curtis (Secret Machines, Interpol) expertly blends their beautiful voices with his own well-crafted guitar work to wrap the sound in a nice neat little box. A big part of what makes this band so unique is the fact that they always think about the vocals before the instruments; it’s an element that Ben Curtis thinks is a really big important deal. And who can argue with their results? Our featured song “Windstorm” is a wonderful example of the sisters perfectly harmonized ethereal voices being sampled over themselves and mixed perfectly with a simple beat and the expert guitar work of Mr. Curtis. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
The band is currently on tour in the U.K., but in the meantime you can hear more on their MySpace page and you can can stream their entire new album on their website. Want a taste of the dreaminess right now? Here they are performing their hit “Half Asleep” from their debut album Alpinisms, live in the KEXP studio: