Whereas School Of Seven Bells’ debut “Alpinisms” came with both its highs and its lows, the band’s follow-up is already a lot more cohesive and danceable. They still distill the essence of shoegaze acts like My Bloody Valentine and then proceed by translating it to the 21st century with plenty of electronic flourishes and beats. Add to that the mesmerizing voices of the drop dead gorgeous identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza and you’re well on your way to floating between the clouds.
Album highlights are aplenty but I would go for “Heart Is Strange” and “Babelonia”, two tracks in which producer/guitarist Benjamin Curtis perfectly combines dreamy guitars with simple yet effective keyboard sounds. It’s something that New Order did before them but let’s face it… Bernard Sumner doesn’t look nearly as good playing this kinda music as Alejandra or Claudia!