Entries tagged with: Seefeel
by Bill Pearis
Every time I write about something related to '90s-era shoegaze (be it Medicine, Kitchens of Distinction most recently) someone usually comments "where's the Slowdive reunion?" While I have no information on that, for those who hope that guitarist Neil Halstead would stop making hushed folk (lovely as it is) and palling around with Jack Johnson, and instead plug back in and make some noise -- you're in luck (though he's probably still hanging with Jack).
Black Hearted Brother is a new project comprised of Halstead, onetime Seefeel member Mark Van Hoen (who also records as Locust, not to be confused with The Locust), and Nick Holton of Coley Park. The trio will release their debut album, Stars Are Our Home, on October 22 via Slumberland Records. It is, to quote Halstead, "a lot of very long and indulgent space rawk." He further adds:
The idea was to just make a record that was in some ways 'unedited,' to not worry about a particular sound or style, but to just go with the flow. We all make quite focused records individually so, as Mark says, it's our 'guilty pleasures' album.Nothing guilty about the first released track from the album, "(I Don't Mean To) Wonder," whose roaring guitar sound can be traced back to Slowdive's 1994 album, Souvlaki.
Album cover art and song stream below...
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
"Seefeel and Warp are extremely saddened to announce the cancellation of Seefeel's US tour. Bureaucratic hoop-jumping beyond the band's control is unfortunately to blame, and the fans will have to suffer for it. Again, we're so very sorry to disappoint you all with this news and hopefully fans can bear with the band a while longer before the US tour (which they very much want to happen) can occur without any snags."Seefeel, who were about to play their first-ever US shows, unfortunately had to cancel their tour which was about to hit NYC on June 29 at Brooklyn Bowl and June 30 at Le Poisson Rouge. Refunds are available at point of purchase.
by Bill Pearis
Acclaimed UK electronic act Seefeel will embark on their first-ever U.S. tour next month, including two shows in NYC: June 29 at Brooklyn Bowl and June 30 at Le Poisson Rouge. They're playing the Primavera Sound festival in Spain today. The tour is in support of the band's new eponymously-titled album which came out on Warp earlier this year.
Picking up where My Bloody Valentine left off, Seefeel formed in 1992 and took the more ethereal side of shoegaze and added electronics, and were one of the first bands to be called "post rock." (A term coined by Simon Reynolds originally to describe Bark Psychosis.) After a string of well-received EPs, the band released their debut, Quique, in 1994. It remains a landmark of the genre, it's influence can be heard today in Battles, Gang Gang Dance, Fuck Buttons to name three.
After three albums -- one on Too Pure, one on Warp and one on Aphex Twin's Rephlex label -- Seefeel disbanded in 1997. Mark Clifford released music as Disjecta and Woodspoonen, and the rest of the band (Sarah Peacock, Justin Fletcher and Daren Seymour) formed Scala with original Seefeel bassist Mark Van Hoen.
Seefeel came out of retirement in 2009 for Warp's 20th anniversary shows with original members Clifford and Peacock aided by Shigeru Ishihara (aka DJ Scotch Egg) and former Boredoms drummer E-Da. Shows in the UK followed, and the new group decided to go back into the studio, resulting in last year's Faults EP and Seefeel which was released in February. Said Dusted:
Ultimately all about the guitars, and if Seefeel's first wave of releases subtly rejigged your notion of what guitars could do, turning "an orgasm into an environment," as Simon Reynolds once memorably put it, here it has you thinking of how tough and grainy the guitar<->processing interface can be. On "Dead Guitars," the hymned instrument hums like striplights, grinds like teeth, scrapes and claws like nails against polystyrene. Further into the album, on more extended tracks like "Step Down" and "Aug30," some of the jouissance of yore returns, but brittle with it, as though at any moment it could go molten. It's this kind of textural insight, a rare touch of Clifford's in particular, that has Seefeel's return feeling more vital than most.You can listen to track from the new album below.
As said before, these upcoming shows will be Seefeels first-ever in the U.S. and for folks of a certain age and inclination, it's pretty exciting. (Though Brooklyn Bowl is a weird place for a Seefeel show.)
All Seefeel tour dates are also below.