Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Secret Days” by School of Seven Bells from the 2012 EP Put Your Sad Down on Vagrant.
When we first met School of Seven Bells back in 2008, the trio of ex-Secret Machinist Benjamin Curtis and sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza (On!Air!Library!) had just formed after both bands toured with Interpol. Their sound back then was a woozy, glitchy, dreamy haze, held aloft by the Deheza sisters’ ethereal voices. SVIIB have grown and changed quite a bit since then — paring their lineup down to just Curtis and vocalist Alejandra Deheza; releasing two increasingly more polished and successful LPs — but their music still has the same shadowy allure. Put Your Sad Down, the band’s new EP, is by no means a collection of leftovers from their February 2012 release, Ghostory. In fact, the nostalgic “Secret Days” is one of the most beguiling tracks Deheza and Curtis have released thus far. The “Secret Days” Deheza refers to are the troubled times that make us stronger — the experiences we hide but cannot forget.
Put Your Sad Down is available in stores and on iTunes now, and the band will be making a few stops along the East Coast to promote it in the coming weeks. Visit their website and Facebook page for more tour info and news, and watch them perform “I L U” (from 2010’s Disconnect from Desire) live in our studio below: