Dec 21, 2008

Sundazing

Hello Sundazers, i'm back with what then was once described as My Bloody Valentine meets Aphex Twin, interestingly both these names have stood the test of time-thusfar-, whilst the band in focus today..Seefeel..fell apart within 4 years. The path they chose split, as the world of electronics opens a myriad of ways, certainly compared to the shoegazer indie path which they initially started out on. However that was all yet to be, as here we have their remastered debut album. Njoy..

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Seefeel - Quique (pronounce Keek) ( ^ 256mb)

Seefeel formed in 1992 in London, England, guitarist Mark Clifford and drummer Justin Fletcher met up at a London college, and by 1992 the duo had recruited vocalist Sarah Peacock and Mark Van Hoen (bass), during 1992, latter was replaced by Daren Seymour on bass. Seefeel began auditioning songs and was ready to record their first single for Too Pure Records, but experienced a change of heart, the quartet grew bored within the restraints of normal rock forms and started working with loops and programs rather than lyrics and choruses, this caused the resulting EP More Like Space to owe more of a debt to Aphex Twin than alternative rock.

They released their first EPs and first album on the British independent label Too Pure in 1993. Seefeel's music was stylistically situated at the intersection of dream pop/shoegaze and ambient techno/IDM. Seefeel's debut album Quique, turned out an even colder document of ambient indie techno than the previous EPs had predicted. The album was hailed as a techno album which indie kids could listen to, and it received an American release that same year on the dance label Astralwerks. During 1994, Astralwerks compiled the two early EPs as Polyfusia, and Seefeel made the leap from rock to techno as they signed with IDM label Warp Records, after which point Seefeel's music became darker and more minimal. Their 2nd album album, 1995's Succour, was something of a disappointment the record was a bit too skeletal for most rock critics or music fans. The music became less collaborative within the group after the move to Warp, as is made evident by the similarities between Succour, and subsequent Mark Clifford solo releases. This caused the temporary breakup of the group in 1996, when Mark Clifford's Disjecta project became his main occupation.

Peacock, Fletcher, and Seymour in turn joined Mark Van Hoen (aka Locust) for an EP and album of indie/trip-hop recorded as Scala. Though Seefeel returned in late 1996 with their third proper LP, Ch-Vox, the group took an open-ended hiatus after its release. Peacock and Seymour continued to record as Scala, while Clifford recorded an EP for Warp as Woodenspoon and later surfaced as Sneakster.
The band ceased making music as Seefeel in 1996 and performed their last live concert in October of 1997 alongside Boards of Canada.

Members of Seefeel have continued to release new material under different aliases and projects.

On May 14, 2007, Seefeel's 1993 debut album Quique was re-released on UK-based label Too Pure as Quique (Redux Edition). The original tracks have been remastered and a second disc, which contains several rare remixes and previously unreleased tracks, has been added to the album. The album title refers to the band members having given their instruments french names; "Quique" referring to the kick-drum.



Seefeel - Quique (Redux Edition) 1 (93 flac 372mb)

01 - Climactic Phase #3 (8:24)
02 - Polyfusion (6:23)
03 - Industrious (6:40)
04 - Imperial (6:40)
05 - Plainsong (7:43)
06 - Charlotte's Mouth (7:27)
07 - Through You (5:48)
08 - Filter Dub (8:46)
09 - Signals (5:47)

Seefeel - Quique (Redux Edition) 2 ( 93 flac 317mb)

11 - Clique (5:28)
12 - Is It Now? (4:23)
13 - Filter Dub (i-01 Mix) (9:40)
14 - Come Alive (Climactic Phase #1) (5:41)
15 - Time To Find Me (Alternate Desk Mix) (5:20)
16 - Charlotte's Mouth (Avant Garde Mix) (7:27)
17 - My Super 20 (6:31)
18 - Climactic Phase #3 (Overnight Mix) (8:31)
19 - Silent Pool (7:02)

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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Rho-Xs -

Recently you re-upped three Seefeel-CDs; I was grateful for that. Would you mind completing that effort with a re-up of QUIQUE? That would be grand.

I am astonished about your complaint. Do you really get so few requests? It's a shame. Over the years, you have brought together, curated and shared so much great and important music (not to mention your writing as well, one of the reasons to follow your blog and which makes me actually wanna talk music with you for real ...) that I could spend weeks browsing through your back-catalogue, looking for pearls I'd like to have re-upped because they were already down when I first discovered your blog a few years ago.

I have been quite active with requesting re-ups - I hope I haven't been to active or too greedy. If that should be the case, please tell me, and I'll turn more quiet. I somehow have mixed feelings about asking for re-ups; I'm already grateful enough for everything you decide to share with us, and it feel awkward not to be able to give you something back ... But what? And how?

If you don't ask me to stop requesting, I'll go on, whenever I find the time to, looking for things I'd like to add to my music collection, and I still have some kind of list of things I'd enjoy listening to.

I really do hope the re-upping phase is not finished soon; I also enjoy discovering things other people judge seminal enough to make requests for.

And what about downloads, actually, do you get similar or less traffic with the re-ups than with your regular posts? But this is maybe an indiscreet question.

Anyway, rho-xs, thanks for reading this (although this message is buried deep in your blogging past), thanks for all my requests you have already fulfilled, and please be assured that your work is deeply appreciated, even, I'm certain, by the silent majority.

I wish you a pleasant weekend and a nice CL final ... Who do you think will win the trophy? I'm all for Barcelona of course, never liked the italian football so much ...

And what about Roland Garros? Will Stan Wawrinka win his second Grand Slam Final?

with kind regards
Frank

Anonymous said...

A real pleasure to come across this comment, that describes so well the feelings of the silent majority here.

Anonymous said...

Hello. Could you re-up this double disc Quique please? I had the original way back when but didn't even know there was an expanded version. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the re-up you did of this a day or two ago. However, while the first disc re-up seems fine, the second disc links aren't functioning. Could you check CD2 please? Thanks.

Rho said...

Forgot to enter the link, its up now