White Wind


  • The music of School of Seven Bells has a dreamlike quality. To help achieve that feeling for the lyrics, vocalist-keyboardist Alejandra Deheza looks for help from her collection of tarot cards. This racing song from their third album, Ghostory, was inspired by the picture of The High Priestess from the Afro-Brazilian Tarot. She explained to Spin magazine: "The images are all taken from the stories of gods and goddesses in Santeria. I chose it for the sheer awesomeness of the image. I mean, c'mon. This picture reminds me of a song towards the end of the album called 'White Wind.' In this song, [the character] Lafaye is talking about this guiding spirit inside her that she can't ignore no matter how hard she tries, and it's gonna wreak havoc until she pays attention. It gets pretty serious."
  • Ghostory is the first SVIIB album to feature live drums, which were recorded by the band's live touring drummer Chris Colley at the East Williamsburg studio My Active Driveway. "We'd been blasting the demos in the van constantly, so Chris got to know them really well," explained Multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Curtis to SonicScoop: "We had a six day break, so we popped into the studio and laid down the drum tracks really quickly. There's no desk in My Active Driveway, but as a far as microphones, preamps, and compressors, it's like a kid in a candy store – so beautiful and so much great stuff. It was amazing."
    He added: "There's a particular energy, and a manic, aggressive feeling/quality that you can really only get from a guy beating the s--t out of some drums in a room."


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