Tourist / Sleeper
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So once again my late supper consists of eating salt & vinegar crisps with cheese dip (which is great but it makes your fingers smell like vinegar for the rest of your life) and Butterkist popcorn, which look like little toffee-covered teeth. The irony being they make your dentist think you're a meth-head hobo who frequents backstreet cinemas. Hang on while I grab the toothpicks.
Also on tonight's menu, straight outta Hampshire and currently based in Berlin; the main course - Seams. With a combined double debut album, 'Tourist / Sleeper', the former being first released as an EP back in 2010, sounding a lot like Four Tet's early stuff, especially in the sampled ambience and glitchy percussive loops. The latter is more of a minimalist electronica affair, written in 2012, that reminds me of a palatable mix of Deadmau5 and Gold Panda.
On the whole Seams' producer James Welch creates some lovely interesting music on these recordings, that personally I think serve better as a complete package, rather than individual tracks; save for 'Nachtmusik' which is definitely the most accessible of it all. Other highlights on the album include 'Platz', which has a nice half-time groove and some lovely obscure instrumentation throughout, and 'The Long Wait' which contains a much more throbbing, menacing sound, comparable to Underworld circa Beaucoup Fish.
Welch is currently on tour in Europe in (amongst other countries) Germany, UK and The Netherlands. I expect his live shows will be just as enjoyable as his studio material. Definitely well worth a listen.
Posted: Mon 1 October 2012