school of seven bells

Both healing and hurting, phoenix like rising triumphantly showered in euphoric shimmers and purred in a pristine pop vocabulary that sees it unfurling to reveal itself in all its colourfully vibrant dream dazed glory. ‘ablaze’ comes teased from a forthcoming School of Seven Bells full length due soon on full time hobby, that the album managed to find its way to completion is a feat in itself given that Benjamin Curtis was diagnosed and later died of a rare T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma leaving partner Alejandra Deheza to painfully forge on to complete the recordings as a tribute. With that knowledge in mind, ‘Ablaze’ assumes a curious shift in dynamic, scratch beneath the purring dream pop fluffiness and this paean to their relationship is crushed by the weighted coming to terms with loss, its undeniable ache revealing an open wound vulnerability that’s both tellingly touching and tearfully bruised.

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