Quique: Redux オリジナルレコーディングのリマスター, 限定版, インポート
Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the British band's groundbreaking 1993 debut album includes a bonus CD with rare remixes and unreleased tracks. Seefeel were never a band that would get played on Top 40 radio but the critics fell in love with their moody, brooding aural scuptre. Too Pure.
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The late 80s probably saw some acts moving in this direction, from certain Cocteau Twins records (Seefeel would support Guthrie & co and one member would work with him on the Violet Indiana project) to the dream pop of AR Kane, Hugo Largo and My Bloody Valentine. If Kevin Shields' had followed through with something after Loveless, this might have been the next phase? Since a lot of Loveless was created on keyboards and Seefeel's sound is primarily electronic, I think this is fair to say! Seefeel still sound like the future, managing to fuse two disparate areas, their sound over all feeling like a combination of electronica and shoegazing. Blissed out in the extreme...so if you can imagine a record that sounds like a mesh of Autechre, AR Kane, Bark Psychosis, Black Dog Productions, MBV, and Ultramarine, this might be it!!
Quique is not really song based, lead by trancey electronic rhythms, it might seem too ambient and repetative for some...I say, let it wash over and through your cortex. It's probably coming from a post-Ecstasy place, the comedown after something like Voodoo Ray? This album, like Every Man and Woman is a Star and Selected Ambient Works I by The Aphex Twin makes something like Screamadelica seem a bit of a joke, after-E, after-Generations of Love, though not far from later records by Orbital, Spooky, and Underworld - I guess One Dove were a more song based relative? Seefeel weren't alone, Tortoise have recorded some material in this direction (possibly fed by their link with Autechre), while Slowdive followed this direction after masterpiece Souvlaki, their 5 track ep featuring 'In Mind' and the third and final LP Pygmalion was very electronic and in this continent.
Hard to pick out any particular tracks, since these aren't that conventional songs, one shifting soundtrack. Two discs in one go might be a bit too much, though the second disc features some alternative versions and remixes otherwise hard to get hold of. If you want to sample one track to get an idea of what this album sounds like, I'd go for 'Plainsong.' Seefeel were moving in these avant electronic directions in a much more profound style than someone like Radiohead, who get all the credit for being avant garde, when they're anything but! Quique feels like a prediction, or a few steps before joys like Dead Cities by M83, Endless Summer by Fennesz and parts of Music Has the Right to Children by Boards of Canada. A very welcome reissue of a lost cult classic LP, and one that will blow minds in the future...
Three musical treats, two completely unexpected - don't you just love that when it happens, which isn't often?
I'd gone to see Cocteau Twins with my sister, both of us big fans, and we'd seen them also in Bristol in October 1990.
We had no idea who was supporting, and mostly that's not really on your mind. (But sometimes amazing things happen, like when I saw Van Halen supporting Black Sabbath in 1978).
(Treat 1) Anyway, Seefeel came on and *made sounds* like I had never heard before - sublime. Bass, guitars and beautiful vocal without words. Rhythmic, melodic, provocative. I had to buy Quique immediately and still adore it.
(Treat 2) We were in a large but crammed concert hall, and the evening was fabulous. Between acts an album was played. I had to fight my way through the crowd to the mixing desk to find out what it was - "Virtual State" by Richard H Kirk. Having been a fan of Cabaret Voltaire for years this was a joy to discover.
(Treat 3) Cocteau Twins and their unique guitar style. I was never a slavish follower of the convention of guitar as lead instrument of a group - everyone did it. I preferred keyboards. But occasionally someone got it right. And when they did, it was amazing.
It's great to read other reviews here which bring other related bands like Aphex Twin into the same picture.
I hope these words bring back great memories to you, or help you discover new musical treats!