SEEKAE

 

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ARTIST – Bio

The force now known as Seekae came together in 2006, when primary school alumni Alex Cameron and George Nicholas, then fresh out of high school, met again after eight years by chance. Alex introduced George to his then-bandmate John Hassell, and the three, who had all been conducting bedroom experiments with electronic music, decided to start making noise together.

For the next two years, the trio, first as Commander Keen and then as Seekae, honed their sound, fusing elements of IDM, hip-hop, indie pop and ambient post-rock into an entirely original brand of organic electronica the three dubbed, only half-jokingly, as ‘ghetto ambient’. At the same time, the band set about finding ways to bring their downbeat electronica alive on stage — to translate midi signals and digital bits into something compelling and alive. It didn’t take long. Soon, word spread through Sydney and beyond of Seekae’s wholly intoxicating, unpredictable live show, a mix of live instrumentation and pre-programmed electronics that makes use of everything from drum machines, synthesizers and samplers to melodicas, guitars, drums and glockenspiels.

Seekae – Blood Bank (Single) by Rice Is Nice

In 2008, after a couple of years of recording, Seekae released their keenly awaited debut lp, The Sounds of Trees Falling On People. A strikingly assured collection of intricate, dynamic electronica, Seekae’s debut lp was rich in its detail and, at 73 minutes, ambitious in its scope, running through 8-bit electronica, buoyant pop, ambient wash and surging, noisier workouts. The album was met with near unanimous acclaim, with Rolling Stone calling it ‘as ambient and mesmerizing as an iced-over forest’, and Sydney radio station FBI dubbing it one of their best Australian albums of the decade.

To support the release, Seekae played a host of sold-out headline shows, as well as supports for the likes of PVT, Broadcast, Cloud Control, Decoder Ring, and Midnight Juggernauts, their ever-evolving live show garnering them a growing fanbase and an award for Best Live Act at Sydney’s 2009 Music Arts and Culture Awards.

After recording an ep of remixes — which took in signature reworkings of local lights Pivot, Ghoul, Megastick Fanfare, Parades and Bearhug — in 2010, Seekae headed into the studio to record the hugely anticipated follow up to The Sound of Trees Falling On People. Where their first lp was recorded in patches, Seekae’s sophomore release found the trio working more deliberately. ‘It was more thought-out,’ Nicholas says. ‘We thought about how the album was going to flow and what kind of tracks we wanted here and there. It felt like we were doing something a bit different, something that’s a bit more original in the context of electronic music as a whole.’

Never short on ideas, the band toyed with a lot of different approaches when making +Dome. ‘We thought, “Let’s make an album with just guitars, drums and a synthesiser, and no computers,” and then we were like, “Let’s make a pop album,” and then we thought, “Let’s just try and make a really strange, weird album that’s more experimental, but with a few more radio-friendly tracks — basically do what we want instead of trying to mix too many genres together.”

True to their makers’ intentions, +Dome is a more experimental record than its predecessor, but, being a Seekae lp, it retains the warm, immediate charms that have endeared the band to so many. From the opening jittery, precisely processed guitars of ‘Go’, to the glitch-pop of ‘Blood Bank’, to the droning strings of ‘Underling’ and the gorgeously spare closer ‘You’ll’, +Dome is the sound of a band unwilling — some might say unable — to stand still.

+Dome’s 12 tracks reflect the band’s far-reaching passions, from the 808- and bass-heavy club sounds of the new decade to the scenes and sounds of Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and London. Shot through with samples and field recordings collected over two years of writing, touring and recording, +Dome is an album that demands and rewards repeat listening.

2011 will see Seekae take +Dome on the road, first in Australia and then in Europe, with the band planning a stint on the Continent later this year that promises to bring this remarkable band to much wider notice.

 

 

SEEKAE +Dome DELUXE EDITION – RIN011X

SEEKAE - +Dome
01. Go
02. 3
03. Blood Bank
04. Reset Head
05. Mingus
06. Underling
07. Gnor
08. Two
09. Yodal
10. Rock’s Performance
11. +Dome
12. You’ll
12. Sir
12. Altise Lament
12. Face Facts

About the release

Sharp-edged, glacial, organic electronica **** – MOJO MAGAZINE
Paying homage to the sound and textures of Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and London, +Dome blends live instrumentation with electronics and samples collected over two years of performing, touring and writing. Composing every sound and song with meticulous detail, from sub bass heavy rollers to intricate guitar riddled interludes, Seekae transmit their developed pallet through a long player that is both rhythm orientated and at the same time self reflecting.
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SEEKAE +Dome – RIN011

SEEKAE - +Dome
01. Go
02. 3
03. Blood Bank
04. Reset Head
05. Mingus
06. Underling
07. Gnor
08. Two
09. Yodal
10. Rock’s Performance
11. +Dome
12. You’ll

About the release

Paying homage to the sound and textures of Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and London, +Dome blends live instrumentation with electronics and samples collected over two years of performing, touring and writing. Composing every sound and song with meticulous detail, from sub bass heavy rollers to intricate guitar riddled interludes, Seekae transmit their developed pallet through a long player that is both rhythm orientated and at the same time self reflecting.
BUY NOW IN STORE

 

SEEKAE – STFP – RIN006

SEEKAE - +Dome
01. Yurai
02. Void
03. Stampede
04. Crooks
05. 4LB
06. Wool (Feat Ivan Vizintin)
07. Long Time Fish Pie
08. My Sun
09. Halley Wars
10. Borg
11. John Duncan
12. Void Reprise
13. Herodotus
14. Centaur
15. Snax
16. Snow Spectrum
17. Keep Glowing
18. Forest Fire

about the release

The band’s style sifts between ambient; glitch and hip hop, and surfs between the varying electronic sounds of Xela, Boards of Canada and Telefon Tel Aviv via the pop affability of Hot Chip. Somewhat appropriately, Seekae have dubbed their sound “ghetto ambient”. Originally released as a limited edition Double disc with 5 bonus remix’s of sydney bands including PVT, Ghoul and Bearhug.

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SUPPORT MATERIAL

+Dome – High Res Downloads
COVER PRESS SHOT 1 PRESS SHOT 2 BIO PDF

SEEKAE - +Dome

The Sound Of Trees Falling On People – High Res Downloads
COVERBIO PDF

SEEKAE - The Sound Of Trees Falling On People

 

 

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09.12 LIVE GALLERY ON THE MUSIC.COM.AU (SYDNEY)
09.12 LIVE GALLERY ON ORANGE PRESS (MELBOURNE)
09.12 LIVE REVIEW, BEAT MAGAZINE (MELBOURNE)
09.12 SEEKAE HOST SOUND LAB ON TRIPLE J (STREAM)
09.12 LIVE REVIEW ON THE MUSIC.COM.AU (SYDNEY)
09.12 VIDEO INTERVIEW ON FBi RADIO (SYDNEY)
09.12 LIVE REVIEW ON NEWS UNLIMITED (BRISBANE)
09.12 LIVE REVIEW ON FASTERLOUDER (BRISBANE)
09.12 LIVE REVIEW ON EVERGUIDE (MELBOURNE)
09.12 LIVE REVIEW ON PRESS RECORD (BRISBANE)
09.12 LIVE REVIEW ON TONE DEAF (MELBOURNE)
09.12 INTERVIEW / NEW ALBUM INFO ON THE MUSIC
09.12 LIVE PICS ON TONE DEAF (MELBOURNE)
08.12 TOUR NEWS ON SMITH JOURNAL
08.12 LIVE REVIEW ON THE MUSIC.COM.AU
08.12 INTERVIEW ABOUT NEW RECORDINGS, BEAT MAGAZINE
08.12 MIXTAPE ON MESS+NOISE
08.12 INTERVIEW ABOUT NEW RECORDINGS, FASTER LOUDER
08.12 INTERVIEW ON MOUSTACHE MAGAZINE
07.12 GENERAL SEEKAE LOVE FROM PORTALS MUSIC
07.12 SPEAKER TV INTERVIEW
07.12 SYDNEY MUSIC FEATURE ON TIME OUT
07.12 VIVID REVIEW ON BEAT MAGAZINE
06.12 VIVID PHOTOS ON VIVID LIVE
06.12 3 SINGLE REVIEW ON STONEY ROADS
06.12 VIVID REVIEW ON MESS+NOISE
06.12 VIVID REVIEW ON INTHEMIX
06.12 VIVID REVIEW ON COOL ACCIDENTS
06.12 SEEKAE ON VULTURE MAGAZINE
05.12 SEEKAE ‘YECH’ ON THE MUSIC.COM.AU
05.12 SEEKAE ‘YECH’ VIDEO ON POLAROIDS OF ANDROIDS
05.12 SEEKAE ‘YECH’ ON WETALKYOUDIE
05.12 SEEKAE ’3′ 12″ ON MUSIC FEEDS
05.12 SEEKAE ON VIVID BLOG
05.12 SYDNEY MORNING HERALD ARTICLE
05.12 SEEKAE ON PULSE RADIO
05.12 INTERVIEW ON ALT MEDIA GROUP
05.12 CHAT TO BEAT MAKING CENTRE
04.12 MTV TEN GAME CHANGING ARTISTS (US)
03.12 SEEKAE PLAY VIVID LIVE 2012
03.12 VIVID NEWS ON TIMEOUT SYDNEY
03.12 +DOME DELUXE, STATE 51 (UK)
03.12 ARTICLE, SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
01.12 NME MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW (PRINT UK)
02.12 INTERVIEW ON LIFE IS NOISE
01.12 UNCUT MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW (PRINT UK)
01.12 NEW ORDER REMIX, MOJO MAGAZINE (PRINT UK)
01.12 DJ MAGAZINE SINGLE REVIEW (PRINT UK)
01.12 LIVE RECORDING, BREAKTHRU RADIO SESSION, USA
01.12 BEATS AND PIECES MIX
12.11 ALEX’S FAV TRACK OF 2011 on NME, UK
12.11 LA MUSIC BLOG, TOP RELEASES OF 2011
12.11 ALBUM REVIEW ON IN YOUR SPEAKERS
12.11 INTERVIEW ON SONIC ROUTER, UK
12.11 EXCLUSIVE MIX FOR DAZED DIGITAL, UK
12.11 ALBUM PREVIEW ON SUB RADAR, US
11.11 MOJO MAGAZINE ELECTRONIC ALBUM OF THE MONTH
11.11 ALBUM REVIEW, THE FLY, UK
11.11 TRACK STREAM & REVIEW, THE FADER, US
10.11 MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD ON PREFIX MAG
10.11 ALBUM REVIEW LA MUSIC BLOG
11.11 +DOME REVIEW ON BOWLEGS MUSIC
11.11 8/10 ALBUM REVIEW THE FOUR OH FIVE
11.11 VIDEO IN STUDIO INTERVIEW ON TOOTHS
10.11 LIVE SILENT COMIC SCORE WRITEUP
10.11 AMP LOVE IN HERALD SUN
10.11 SIR SINGLE ON WHO THE HELL
10.11 ‘SIR’ SINGLE ON DANCE FEVER 5000 (USA)
09.11 INTERVIEW ON RESIDENT ADVISOR
09.11 TWO/GO LIVE STUDIO MASHUP (VIDEO, ABC RADIO)
09.11 ARTICLE IN THE LA TIMES
09.11 AIR INTERVIEW, AUS INDIES
09.11 HARVEST FESTIVAL NEWS ON MESS + NOISE
09.11 AIR AWARD NOMINTAION, DOUBTFUL SOUNDS
08.11 INTERVIEW AT MONKEY DROP FEST, PARIS
09.11 BRISBANE SHOW REVIEW ON EVERGUIDE
08.11 LIVE PHOTO GALLERY, PERTH
08.11 LIVE PHOTO GALLERY, MELBOURNE
08.11 INTERVIEW, THE THOUSANDS
08.11 INTERVIEW IN THE AGE, MELBOURNE
08.11 LIVE REVIEW, BRISBANE, 4ZZZ RADIO BLOG
08.11 THE METRO SYDNEY, PHOTO GALLERY, AU REVIEW
08.11 LIVE REVIEW, THE METRO SYD
08.11 ALEX CHATS TO FRANKIE MAG, PRINT
08.11 INTERVIEW ON IN THE MIX
08.11 INTERVIEW ON HYPERBOLE.TV
08.11 AUDIO INTERVIEW ON 4ZZZ BRISBANE
08.11 INTERVIEW IN THE BRISBANE TIMES
07.11 MIX TAPE ON IN THE MIX
07.11 RADIO INTERVIEW RTR FM PERTH
07.11 BLOG POST ON ANDY GOES TO CHINA TOWN
07.11 FILM INTERVIEW, CNET, SYDNEY
05.11 ARTICLE, JB HI FI MAG (Print)
05.11 INTERVIEW, CYCLIC DEFROST
05.11 ARTICLE, ROLLING STONE (Print)
05.11 ARTICLE, TRIPLE J MAG (Print)
05.11 ALBUM REVIEW, ROLLING STONE (Print)
05.11 ALBUM REVIEW, TRIPLE J MAG (Print)
05.11 LIVE REVIEW, THE GREAT ESCAPE, BRIGHTON
05.11 VOID TRACK ON NME
05.11 ARTICLE, HERALD SUN, (Print)
05.11 ALBUM REVIEW, THE BRAG
05.11 LIVE REVIEW, SYDNEY LAUNCH, THE BRAG
05.11 ALBUM REVIEW, HERALD SUN, MELBOURNE
05.11 ARTICLE ON GENERATION BASS
05.11 INTERVIEW ON HEARPLUGS
05.11 ALBUM REVIEW ON RESIDENT ADVISOR
04.11 LIVE REVIEW, SYD LAUNCH, JUNIOR
04.11 LIVE REVIEW, SYD LAUNCH, IN THE MIX
04.11 LIVE REVIEW, SYD LAUNCH, PROFESSIONAL LOSERS
04.11 THE NEEDLE DROP BLOG POST
04.11 LIFELOUNGE INTERVIEW
04.11 INVERTED AUDIO (UK) INTERVIEW & MIX TAPE
04.11 DB MAGAZINE – ALBUM REVIEW
04.11 ROLLING STONE ALBUM REVIEW
04.11 OYSTER MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
03.11 BEST BAND EVER BLOG POST
03.11 BEAT MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW
03.11 BRAG MAGAZINE INTERVIEW
03.11 THE MUSIC NETWORK ALBUM REVIEW
03.11 THE MUSIC NETWORK INTERVIEW
03.11 THE SIREN SOUND ALBUM REVIEW
03.11 PROFESSIONAL LOSERS BLOG POST
03.11 SCENE MAGAZINE REVIEW
03.11 MESS + NOISE ALBUM REVIEW
03.11 SYN FM AOTW & REVIEW
03.11 MESS + NOISE INTERVIEW
03.11 MOMANTARY SHELTER ALBUM REVIEW
03.11 THE INDEPENDENT (UK) MOST BLOGGED ARTISTS
03.11 ONLY AN EARTHLING INTERVIEW
03.11 THREE D MAGAZINE ALBUM REVIEW
03.11 THE VINE INTERVIEW
03.11 RIP IT UP MAGAZINE ARTICLE
03.11 THE BLACKMAIL INTERVIEW
03.11 TONE DEAF INTERVIEW
03.11 FASTERLOUDER LIVE REVIEW MT KIMBIE SUPPORT
03.11 CIRCLE SQUARE TRIANGLE ALBUM REVIEW
03.11 WHO THE HELL +DOME TOUR NEWS
03.11 FASTERLOUDER +DOME TOUR NEWS
03.11 IN THE MIX =DOME TOUR NEWS
03.11 MESS + NOISE +DOME TOUR NEWS
03.11 THOSE WALLS YOUR EARS +DOME NEWS
03.11 PEDESTRIAN +DOME NEWS
03.11 POLAROIDS OF ANDROIDS +DOME NEWS
03.11 RESIDENT ADVISOR +DOME NEWS

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