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Seekonk
For Barbara Lee
Kimchee Records
www.seekonkmusic.com


The press for this record started out like this: "Seekonk makes music that is sad and warm and wise". That's a very bold statement for a debut record from a young band. But it is true, every word of it. This is music that is rich with texture, mature and dignified in an age that looks down its punk-rock nose at that type of thing. There is rarely a hint of distortion in these songs; clean jangling guitars and atmospheric nuances are the order of the day. This is music to sit down with and peruse the depths of one's own soul. This is sleepy music that simultaneously engages and numbs the senses. It is art.

Comparisons to Slowdive are immediate and are certainly not unwarranted. At times, the music drifts along on its own wings with nary a care, and then suddenly is caught in a fury of tenuous energy. The songs go from soft and speculative to intense and compelling and right back again in an effortless cycle of sound. It has been some time since a debut record came along with this kind of immediate impact and strength of character. Each of the eight songs contained on For Barbara Lee are masterful sketches of mood and beauty. From the eerie drive of "20 Degrees" to the ambient texture of "The Delivery" Seekonk delivers exactly what its press promises. Sad. Warm. Wise. They forgot beautiful. So I add it here for them.

So, here's the basic lowdown. If you like bands like Slowdive, Spain, Mazzy Star, Snowpony, Drugstore, Cocteau Twins, The Autumns and The Moon Seven Times, then you will most assuredly fall in love with Seekonk. I did.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. Move
2. Swim Again
3. Hate The Sun
4. The Delivery
5. 20 Degrees
6. You Got What Was Coming To You
7. Tiny Lustre
8. Maps Of Egypt

 

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