Seefeel are a band who have always straddled genres precariously - for those who liked their experimental electronica with a little more guitars, or their rock peppered with glitchy soundscapes, Seefeel were the band. The quartet formed in London in the early nineties and shared an ambient sensibility with Warp stablemates Boards of Canada, among others. Their structureless, ambling soundscapes struck a chord with a small base of fans bored with the endlessly repetitive four-to-the-floor dance anthems that characterised electronic music in the nineties.
After an eleven year hiatus the band resurfaced in 2008, bringing new members Iida Kazuhisa (former drummer for The Boredoms) and Shigeru Ishihara (better known as the eccentric Japanese DJ Scotch Egg, who made a name for himself playing gabber through a Gameboy at his gigs). Their first album since 1996 is released this month with a launch party in N1’s Kings Place on January 31st, and if the recent EP More Like Space is anything to go by, the new lineup sound as fresh as ever.
Naturally, their sound has evolved in the past decade, and with techno, ambient or otherwise, little more than a distant memory in an elderly raver’s drug-addled brain, Seefeel’s scope now notably incorporates the recent rise of electro, dubstep and art rock. Even among their peers, this brand of avant-garde music will not be to everyone’s tastes, but Seefeel on a stage promises to be a distinctly unique experience.
Seefeel play the Kings Place (90 York Way, London N1 9AG) next Monday January 31st at 8pm. Tickets from £9.50.