Faults EP Faults EP

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Seefeel SeefeelFaults EP

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Seefeel Faults EP WARP (10WAP299, 10” + digital)

To find the last great sonic moment related to the name Seefeel, one would have to go back as far as 1995. Three lustrums have passed since Mark Clifford split up with Sarah Peacock, Justin Fletcher and Daren Seymour to form Disjecta and let his ex-partners dedicate themselves to steamy pop as Scala. Nobody continued the Seefeel brand –which is the origin of English post-rock: guitars like synthesisers made of air and pulsating dub, an organic fiction that was only possible in the sonic laboratory of the recording studio, and in all this time that mythical name has only appeared on a rarities record ( “Ch-Vox”), a remix for Autechre and the reissue of the masterpiece “Quique” (‘93). Something new by Seefeel had to come out –Clifford and Peacock were seeing each other again, they had played live together, they had returned to Warp– but things are not the way they were, and you’ll have to listen to this 10” thinking of it as a second era, starting from scratch: in no way is it the much-awaited resurrection of an era that is past. Fletcher and Seymour aren’t there and their places have been taken by two crazy Japanese –Shigeru Ishihara ( DJ Scotch Egg) and E-Da ( Boredoms)– and the face “Faults EP” presents is that of the inevitable passing of time. We recognise the features, the look, the shiny eyes and the smile, but they’re harder, dull. There are moment on these four tracks where Seefeel appear adapted to the present from what they once were – “Clouded” is an alien transmission in Morse code that starts from the first minutes of “Succour” (1995), that soundtrack for the conquest of Mars; “Crowded” could be lifted off some rejected track from the “Pure, Impure EP” (1993), although there’s also a Seefeel that finds it hard to contribute something new or better to the digital post-rock of today ( “Faults” and “Folds” discreetly follow the tracks of Radian). For now, “Faults EP” doesn’t resurrect the legend, although it doesn’t smudge it, either: there are moments of deep hypnosis and other of basslines that pump like a heart at 200 bpm’s. But it also points to a first step of a new career of which the first objective is to make up for lost time. The next release should confirm that tendency. Javier Blánquez

Seefeel - Faults by Warp Records

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