Turns out Seekae have a voice! But trust us when we tell you, it is definitely not something to worry about.
The Sydney trio have recently released their third studio album The Worry on Future Classic to some (albeit initially hesitant) rave reviews. Listeners and reviewers alike were apprehensive at the addition of vocals on the record, as previously the boys had mastered the art of ambient, electronic pop instrumentals – and it was what we fell in love with to begin with! But despite the whispers, Alex Cameron, John Hassell, and George Nicholas have pulled it off, proving that there is so much more to the group then we may have given them credit for.
The record seems to be a melancholic tribute to common heart wrenching themes of failed relationships, unreciprocated love, and fiery revenge. These themes carry quite a dark undercurrent throughout, which when combined with the unique vocals of Cameron can make you feel slightly unnerved. However, somehow with the blend of minimalist synth melodies, rhythmic percussion, and the occasional electronic dance beat, it works. This peculiar mix of elements is also reflected in the album artwork. Created by Chinese artist Hua Y, the image is a portrait of all three band members merged together as one person. Much like the music, it leaves you feeling unsettled at what is obviously a horrible image… that is also absolutely fascinating. The boys have said their reasoning behind these themes is they wanted to highlight the beauty which can be found in an awful thought or situation.
Their first release ‘Another’ eased us into the bands new direction, and is one of those tracks that you may feel indifferent towards to begin with, but will end up being the most played song on your iTunes. It’s pulsing grooves draw you deep inside the hypnotic beats, and the forlorn vocal melody is soothing in the absence of a drop that doesn’t come.
In complete contrast, ‘Test and Recognise’ is a catchy layered track which goes a little synth crazy. Featuring Hassell’s husky vocals, as well as erratic and experimental samples which give the track a distinctly gritty feel.
Title-track ‘The Worry’ represents the midpoint of the album, something that must not be a coincidence. The vocals in this one are repetitive samples such as “I wanna set you on fire”, which are combined with digitalised pop rock infusions. The knocking synths, and dance beats are slightly more uplifting than previous tracks (thankfully) even if the content is not.
A personal favourite that you should keep an ear out for is ‘Further’. It is lighter, and warmer than all the other tracks on the LP with melodic instrumental sax samples that breathe new life into the dreary wasteland imagery the boys have manifested… Although, it is not long followed by the eerie, tormented territory of ‘Monster’, so the elation is short lived.
There is so much to love about this album and its raw honesty, but in the first few listens you really have to want to find it. I think this might have been what the trio were going for though, ensuring that they didn’t make it too easy for us to uncover the ‘beauty’ they were referring too. Either way you will leave feeling as though Seekae have just completely transformed your perceptions of them, dodging their way through an ever changing EDM world. Don’t give up on this one, it’s a grower.
You can purchase The Worry on iTunes now.