Album: School of Seven Bells, Alpinisms, (FULL TIME HOBBY)
Sunday 16 November 2008
In terms of self-interest, Benjamin Curtis chose a hell of a moment to leave Secret Machines, when they're about to tour with Oasis.
In aesthetic terms, however, he'll have few regrets. SOSB is the band he's formed with twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza; built with quasi-Indian structures and close harmonies, their debut owes much to 1990s shoegaze and 1980s etherealism, though unlike the Cocteau Twins, a blatant inspiration, it's anchored to reality by its use of the English language.
Pick of the Album: 'Wired for Light': power from the laser to the plastic
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 5 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
Fifty Shades of Grey movie: New picture of Anastasia Steele unveiled
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Cilla, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith embodies the young singer perfectly
Doctor Who, Listen, review: Possibly Steven Moffat's most terrifying episode
Tyler, The Creator says having new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes'
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke