Boomkat Product Review:
'St / Fr / Sp' rounds up Seefeel's visionary Warp EPs and bundles them with the Autechre rework of 'Spangle' and an unreleased mix of 'Starethrough'. This is some of the band's finest material, catching them as they made the transition from dubwise shoegaze to subterranean ambient. Visionary and completely essential music that links AFX, Slowdive, Talk Talk and Stars of the Lid.
When Seefeel made the jump from Too Pure to electronic music stable Warp, it's safe to say that eyebrows were raised. Warp purists didn't want any guitars getting in the way of their bleeps, and Seefeel's fans were worried the new label might drag their shoegazing darlings into difficult new territory. The first fruits of this new partnership were "Starethrough" and "Fracture / Tied", two short plates that highlighted Mark Clifford and co's new direction.
On 'Starethrough', the dubby throb that underpinned the band's debut album 'Quique' is front and center, now surrounded by a wailing chorus of disembodied vocals and choppy tin can percussion that sounds closer to early Aphex than it does My Bloody Valentine. It gets weirder from there, with the narcotic, Popol Vuh-esque 'Air Eyes' and anthemic, minimalist favorite 'Spangle'. The original, beat-heavy version of 'Spangle' is presented here, alongside Autechre's iconic 12-minute ambient rework that strips away most of the drums leaving weightless, frozen drones.
The real treat for Seefeel completists is the inclusion of a previously-unreleased 'Transition Mix' of 'Starethrough'. A complete overhaul, it knocks away most of the original track leaving only the vocal loops, pairing the woozy coos with faded half-speed techno percussion and bleepy synths. A treasure trove.