Seams – Tourist/Sleeper

Other bits of the first EP are very fragile or diffuse, and get lost a wee bit in an out of focus blur of noises and samples. It’s a nice listen, mind, so we’re not being too critical.

 

 

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Writing a review of a record that is effectively a set of soundscapes over an array of delicate beats may not sound anything much (or anything new for that matter), but Tourist/Sleeper is an extremely refreshing replenishing listen, even if it does disappear under a shell now and again. Right from the off there’s this great balance of interesting noises and clever underplayed beats. It doesn’t work all the time, far from it, but the very dinkyness of the music keeps me charmed at any rate…

Apparently this release was originally two EPs, now welded into one release, and I suppose you can hear it. The first part, Tourist, is often a voyeuristic trancelike glimpse through a train window, Nachtmusik and Hung Markets feel very German - the way those modern electronic records sound on the City Centre Offices, Staubgold or Monika labels, that light, jazzy, clever urban German funk. Right from the off there’s this great balance of interesting noises and clever underplayed beats. And fair play, Nachtmusik nearly breaks into an elegy to Incendiary hero Pantha du Prince at one stage. Other bits of the first EP are very fragile or diffuse, and get lost a wee bit in an out of focus blur of noises and samples. It’s a nice listen, mind, so we’re not being too critical.

The second EP, Sleeper is more interesting because it feels that little bit tougher. The Glow and Potential have this determined vibe to them that keeps the two tracks ticking over. It’s more focused on exploring the modulations of the groove – Punch starts to evolve into some kind of fully-fledged trance track, the thing Scuba Devils used to do back in the early 90s. The Long Wait is a little less frenzied - an enjoyably glitchy meditation and a very appropriate full stop to the LP.

Good stuff.