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Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Waving Sunbeams in the Air": On Hearing School of Seven Bells' Cover of Silver Apples' "Lovefingers" While Sleeping

Posted by on Thu, Dec 13, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Last night I was up till 3 am after a DJ gig and, as often happens at around that time, I turned on the boombox to KEXP, keeping the volume faint. At around 7:20 am, through non-REM sleep, the familiar lyrics of my favorite Silver Apples song, “Lovefingers,” had seeped into my consciousness—but the music was more subdued, slower, bassier, and the vocals definitely weren’t Simeon’s; they were by a woman who knew the value of understatement and mystique.

Was this a dream? No, this was School of Seven Bells’ unfaithfully reverent version of that classic proto-techno jam. Somehow this rendition by SVIIB's Alejandra Deheza and Benjamin Curtis had eluded me, but thanks to KEXP’s John Richards, I discovered it in the best possible, hypnapompic manner.


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