Seefeel are an extraordinary, epoch-defining band; a group which one often finds name-checked in the write-ups of other essential music. Yet still, a band one often manages to entirely avoid for years. I know that folly from experience and am hoping to both redeem my tardiness and prevent others from glossing over this sonic keystone. Take me seriously.
On Quique, Seefeel manage to balance on the intersection of shoegaze, minimalism, and dub. (And to a lesser extent “idm” – but I don’t use that tag as it’s dated, narrow-sighted, and irrelevant.) The band never repeated nor equalled this watershed recording, but never needed to: it’s just that perfect; no sequel or addendum is necessary. It’s a complete world unto itself, full of pulsing tones and softly shuffled beat patterns. If ever a genre was misnamed it would be ‘trance,’ for this music truly exemplifies the literal meaning of that word. From the opening throb of “Climactic Phase 3” though the humming fadeout of “Signals” these 63 minutes take the listener on an utterly instinctual synaptic sojourn. As in: This is your brain. This is your brain on music.