It's been six long years since Tom Vek's unforgettable debut album, and fans from all over the world have expressed their appreciation by proclaiming with addict's dismay, "where am I gonna get my next fix?!". Well it's finally here, and it was worth the wait!
Some critics have dismissed 'Leisure Seizure' as being too similar to the first album. As well as being untrue, this is by no means a reason to cast it aside. 'We Have Sound' was a sublime record and my only hope for Vek's current release was that it would be even half as good! Fortunately for me, it has exceeded all expectation; It's not easy for me to admit, but I believe this new album is on a par with the first, an achievement in itself!
Not only has Tom Vek reached the same giddy heights of musical perfection as before, he's done it with a new direction and significant intrigue. The album still has the same hooks from Vek's idiosyncratic vocal style and intricate melange of instruments and synthetic sounds, but it's bolder, more contemplated in places, and leaves a new and not unpleasant taste in the mouth. There appears to be more experimentation with the electronic samples, and if you'd told me that prior to my first listen I may have been disappointed, but it works, it really works! The way the sounds, instruments, and vocal parts all interweave; from one moment to the next, complimenting, clashing and building up layers, tells of an extremely thoughtful approach...
Where has Tom Vek been for the past 6 years? Well he's clearly been in the studio!!!