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Fricke's Picks: School of Seven Bells

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Opening for Blonde Redhead and the Raveonettes at a recent New York show, School of Seven Bells, founded by ex-Secret Machines guitarist Ben Curtis and featuring twin-sister singers Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, slipped easily between epochs — medieval polyphony, laptop sorcery, the rhythmic turmoil of Public Image Ltd.'s 1981 album, Flowers of Romance— with smart hooks and the Dehezas' alluring vocals, liberally greased with reverb. The group's 2007 EP, Face to Face on High Places (Radium/Table of the Elements), is as addictive to look at — twelve-inch clear vinyl with a laser-etched image on one side — as it is to play.

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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