School of Seven Bells inhabited an enjoyable niche of shoegaze-lite pop. Benjamin Curtis’ ethereal compositions were the perfect foil to the quasi-spiritualist chants and pageantry of twin vocalists Alejandra and Claudia. Third album, Ghostory, follows an arc of shedding: breadth of sound, duration (as each album becomes shorter) and now a member – Claudia left for ‘personal reasons’ – an upbeat statement suggests all was amicable, a mid-tour disappearance suggests otherwise. The result is a ‘concept’ album about a girl, Lafaye, and the ‘ghosts’ that haunt her.
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This post originally appeared on The Quietus on 28 February 2012.