Following last winter’s sinister EP ‘Prague’, Scottish artist SEØUEL has announced his second release, with the forthcoming EP entitled ‘Reykjavik’. Reflecting a transient lifestyle spent on the road, in & out of venues & festivals, SEØUEL’s second bout of intense techno-infused electronics swaps the pious backdrop of the Czech Republic for the crisp & stark setting of one of Europe’s most dramatic & isolated countries. GIGsoup’s Elizabeth Buxton takes us through the EP, track by track…
Fear Party: Reminiscent of ‘Daft Punk meets Eurovision’, this is a wonderful cacophony of electronic sound. Easy on the ear, but incredibly sophisticated in an ironically simplistic manner – what you hear is what you get. With elements of almost ‘space age’ rhythmical musical mannerisms entwined with a completely retro sounding un-missable disco beat, this is the perfect chill out beginning for any evening.
Slenskir Fulgar: If ever ‘surround sound’ was invented – it was for this track. Stunning engineering/production. The build up to the climax a third of the way through is very effective, and the unexpected breakdown half-time section which then added amazing interest by accelerating extremely quickly to an abrupt stop.
Chattanoogan: Very much the ‘Nordic’ sound. A very melodic piece, which could be in danger of going ‘off track’ and is in some places a little confusing. However, the variety of transitions makes for a creative and certainly intriguing piece of work, which certainly could have been expanded into almost a ‘mini album’ of itself.
Subtle: Anything but! Classic electronic music. Elements from 1980s right up to today. Effective mix of melodic and rhythmic breakdowns. This track certainly leaves the listener wanting more. Not too much ‘in your face’ (so I suppose in its own way it is subtle!). Minimalist but effective. Classic electronic.
Msloft: What a difference to the rest of the EP! Still very Scandinavian inspired electronic but with a lot of interesting rhythmical twists – maybe a touch too many as the track is in danger of not really ‘going anywhere’ which is a shame as the underlying structure and melodic ideas are very strong in places – especially in the second half of the track.
Overall, the EP could seriously contest itself as a concept release. It certainly has a theme running throughout it which is noticeable in all tracks, however, there is an amount of repetition in most tracks (which is understandable and to be expected to an extent in this genre of music), however, the production is excellent and the EP as a whole is certainly worth a serious musical consideration.
‘Reykjavik’ is out on the 24th July via Disorder Records. The full track-listing for the EP is as follows…
‘Viðkvæmt Blóm (The Chattanoogan)’