Amazon sent me one of their marketing e-mails today. It included a link to a free Warp Records Label Sampler
. One of the tracks was, you'll notice, Dead Guitars
by Seefeel. Although they have been around since the last century, this is my first encounter and, dear reader, I bought the album.
There's something rather Germanic about the sound - NEU!
, Amon Düül
a bit, vocals reminiscent of Lali Puna
but with almost folky harmonies. The sound is, well, 'monosyllabic' perhaps. Almost 'musique concrète' but played on heavily distorted guitars and other string instruments. Quite discordant, maybe a bit Animal Collective
but, to my ears, more affective. The drums are solid, solid pounding, like something out of Burundi
But the drones and effects bring to mind early Fripp and Eno
and Pere Ubu
, tempered by the almost wistful vocals. Rip-Run is a perfect example of all these features - starts with a thudding, mechanical beat, factory sounds, drones like howling wind in high tension cables, a deeply industrial sound, but then the soft, fluid vocals come layered over the top, quite ghostly.
There's a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti
feel to some of it, heavily distorted and fuzzed, but still with that underlying sensation of something being 'Not Quite Right'. Someone's sticking their fingers in the tape deck, messing with the playback.
Overall, it's disturbing and dark music, but with strands of sadness and whimsy woven through the blocks of distortion, mobile beeps and slammed-door percussion.
Overall, it works and I love it.