After the passing of School of Seven Bells member Benjamin Curtis, fans everywhere presumed it was the end of the NYC-native dream pop act. But the band's remaining member, Alejandra Deheza, knew she wanted to release one last album to both grieve and reminisce on her former bandmate, lover, and friend. The fourth and likely final album, self-titled SVIIB, which is a common abbreviation for the dream-pop/electronic group, was released last month and included material that guitarist/producer, Benjamin Curtis, worked on previous to his death from a rare T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma in 2013. SVIIB is as beautiful as it is devastating as Deheza brings resilience, feather-like vocals, and emotional clarity to the nine-track piece.
A music video was released for "On My Heart" and it gives eerie visuals to a woozy, painful track from SVIIB. In the video, Deheza wakes up and carries on with her morning routine as a man, dressed in all-black, is admiring her from inside her home. She notices him following her down a residential street and makes a run for the hills. When he finally catches up to her, the tables turn and Deheza chases the suitor into a cave, where the two share a passionate kiss. With Deheza's airy vocals and the dreamy synths behind the track, you would imagine an upbeat and lighthearted story. But the video perfectly captures the pain and heartache behind the lyrics of the SVIIB track, "On My Heart."
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