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New York’s School of Seven Bells lost their unique selling point when one of the identical twin sisters who made up the dream-pop trio left. Now remaining twin Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis are just another boy-girl duo. Ghostory is their impressive response to the setback.

Based around the theme of a girl haunted by ghosts, the album’s mood shifts fluently from classic 1980s shoegaze (“Love Play”) to cleanly produced, gothic electro-pop (“Low Times”), culminating with the charged urgency of “White Wind”, which manages to be eerie and muscular at the same time. Not just another boy-girl duo, then.

School of Seven Bells

Ghostory

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