Seekae

Seekae

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.

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.

Never short on ideas, the band toyed with a lot of different approaches when making their follow up +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.

SEEKAE – +DOME DELUXE EDITION

Seekae - +Dome Deluxe Edition Album Art

  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
  13. Sir
  14. Altise Lament
  15. 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.

SEEKAE – +DOME

Seekae - +Dome Album Art

  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
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.

SEEKAE – STFP

Seekae - STFP Album Artwork

  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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