by Casper Johansson in Video on Friday 13 February 2009

In School of Seven Bells’ music, a human element lurks behind a veil of technology and noise. Toby Holbrooks’ video for the Brooklyn trio’s single, Half Asleep, follows suit, depicting twin vocalists, Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, as earthbound beauties, while complicating their image through sped-up film, gauzy overlays, and brightly colored, weather-like disturbances. The clip conjures a sad, surreal feeling that sticks with you long after the images fade. Says Halbrooks of the creative process behind the video: ‘The first thing that popped into our heads was the word lush’. It is indeed a perfectly woozy take on dream-pop, a haze of melting guitars and electronic vapor trails pinned to the Dehezas’ interlocking harmonies.