I consider Seefeel as as radically important in their own way as My Bloody Valentine. Both took the indie-rock blueprint and warped it. If MBV mined a fraught emotional terrain of ever-threatening psychic rupture, Seefeel took their music in a gentler, but no less vital, directions. They started life worshipping Pram but quickly came into their own, laying down the blueprint for a new kind of uncompromising ambient, connecting the dots between indie rock and experimental techno. Their amniotic blissout was expansive and oddly innocent —no matter how disorienting or fractured their music became, their was always an almost pre-lapsarian purity at the heart of the chaos. It’s oddly comforting.
Their startling debut Quique has been given remix/remaster treatment. It’s been expanded to two CDs (meaning unreleased songs and remixes) and we can all be very thankful for that. This album’s been out-of-print for awhile (and fetching not-so-gentle prices on ebay and GEMM) so if you haven’t heard it, you’re in for a treat. This music sounds as startling now as it did when it came out. It’s amazing how well it’s aged.
PHOTO BY ANDREA | LONDON 2007