"With their third record Ghostory, the Brooklyn band fully realise the dance flirtations that shoegaze has been hinting at for over twenty years - ever since the release of My Bloody Valentine’s magnum opus of a single Soon. For all their reverie though, School of Bells don’t simply ‘sound like’; more so than ever, their work only explores the past in order to push expectations. Indeed, here the aesthetic of Soon acts as a pivot from which to expand and reinvigorate one of music’s most pigeonholed genres in a way that belies the band’s peers. Ghostory uses its influences as a foil rather than a crutch; that’s not revivalism, that’s just plain smart.”
Number 2 in my 'Albums of 2012' blog series is up now! Give it a read/listen over here.