Thursday, March 8, 2012

Electro-pop album starts strong, fades out

By Justin Buchanan, Sports Editor

School of Seven Bells is back in session after losing founding member Claudia Deheza, leaving the song writing process of their new album “Ghostory” up to Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis.

“Ghostory” has its moments of being a great electro -pop album, but is bogged down by lengthy uninspiring songs.

“Ghostory” sounds like a cliché electro-pop album heard in a high-end fashion store where chrome and cream are the primary colors.

“The Night” kicks off the album and is the stand out track. The song begins with a simple four-note pattern that bounces from speaker to speaker. The bass soon comes alive with a pulsing beat, moving the song to fast-paced drum pattern.

Alejandra Deheza begins to sing soon afterwards. Alejandra’s voice fits the upbeat, but dark lyrics. Deheza notes hauntingly flow over the track as she describes an unfortunate relationship that consumes her.

Deheza sings in “The Night,” “You have my arms, you have my legs. We are one contented skin. We are in continued pain.”

In the third track “Lafaye” Deheza sings, “You broke into the fabric house of stranger Lafaye, and there your heart was taken from you.”

Underneath Deheza, Curtis creates another ambient track utilizing a constant kick of a bass drum and 32nd note tapping of a closed hi-hat.

This song writing method becomes monotonous.

Deheza never shows off any serious vocal ability by belting out lyrics or changing up the delivery of her songs.

Likewise, Curtis’ mixing and programming becomes predictable.

Track five, “Reappear” feels like Deheza and Curtis ran out of song ideas.

“Reappear” is four minutes and ten seconds of slow a droning airy ambience.

Thankfully, “White Wind” revives “Ghostory.”

Curtis kicks off the high energy with a constantly changing synth pattern. The synths soon fall out and the drums sing out, only slightly covered by Deheza’s voice.

The album ends with an eight-and-a-half minute long track called “When You Sing,” a recap of what you heard before, but this time with clearly heard distorted guitar.

The guitar is nice and much needed instrument. But the track over stays its welcome at eight plus minutes. “Ghostory” is worth a listen.

“Ghostory” features a few tracks such as “The Night” and “Love Times” that would be good on a party playlist.

By summertime, expect Ghostory to collect more dust than play counts.