Boomkat Product Review:
The long awaited return of Seefeel bares all the hallmarks of a reunion destined to go wrong. And yet, it's quite easily the most satisfying reappearance we can remember in a long time. Despite being the first band signed to Warp that played guitars, Seefeel were known primarily for their use of space and reduction, modifying a shoegaze aesthetic into a bare-bones electronic variant that culminated with the release of "Succour" - a masterpiece of darkened reduction pretty much unlike anything else around at the time, or since. They return after a 14 year break with a changed lineup featuring former Boredoms drummer E-da and electronic musician Shigeru Ishihara, and with it a changed sound that somehow still retains the sonic signature so typical of Mark Clifford productions. Over the course of 4 tracks the organic percussive thud of E-Da is augmented by those signature layered vocals and, above all else, a terrifyingly heavy low-end treatment that imbues the whole thing with a quality unlike pretty much anything you'll have heard before. Basically, the whole thing is held down by a colossal bass weight that dominates the mix and counteracts against the sweet textures of the instrumentation - making these tracks impossible to place. It's an immeasurably lovely record and an extremely welcome return by one of the finest bands to have emerged from the early 90's electronic crossover.