Boomkat Product Review:
Quietly brooding and enchanting debut from multi-disciplinary artist/researcher/field recordist Remo Seeland, accompanied by Reinier van Houdt (Current 93) and Norm Westberg (Swans) for a nocturnal record channeling experiences from New York City, Reykjavik and Zurich.
Poised and moody as the cover shot panorama of a phosphorescent NYC, ‘Hollow Body’ places its protagonist as a resonant vessel transmuting vibes ranging from the scuzzy clamour of the subway to the isolationism of the Icelandic countryside. Also incorporating Seeland’s research as a cultural scientist with a focus on south east Asian cultures, specifically the anomic tantric cults of India, the album’s six tracks sum up a impressionistic portrait of his most personal work, which appears under his birth name for the first time following his credits including lathe cut duties for Raime’s rarest release, and instrumental roles for Hollow Bone and Krankenzimmer 204.
Enlisting Norm Westberg, guitarist for Swans, to provide textured strings in the opening vistas ‘Body Innovation’ and the subway dwelling ‘Hollow City’, Seeland establishes a meditative, explorative feel to the album that bleeds from those pieces into a sort of Alpine trip hop dub with ‘Second Coming’, before expressing his passion for Indian music in the curious cadence of ‘Pulse Points Green’, which is softened and made dreamlike by Reinier Van Houdt’s Rhodes organ. However, the most impressive parts are reserved to the haunted, Coil-esque dimensions of ‘Whoosh Before Laya’ and the stark keys of ‘Night Within’ which both render Remo’s inner world asunder.