Arrives Aug. 27 on the esteemed collectors’ label. Reissued on double vinyl in an expanded gatefold sleeve, 1000 random copies will be pressed on blue wax. Listen to the track “Polyfusion,” below.
By Blurt Staff
Light In The Attic/Modern Classics, in association with Medical Records, is marking the 20th anniversary of a Seefeel’s Quique. The London quartet’s debut album (pronounced ‘keek’) is a dreamy confluence of dub, abstract electronic music and minimalist composition techniques, and remains a touchstone record in the ambient and shoegaze movements, comprising mostly instrumental music plus Sarah Peacock’s wordless vocals.
It originally was released in July ’03 on Too Pure and has been described as “joining the dots between Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and Aphex Twin.” It came on the heels of the band’s emergence in London in 1992 and the EP More Like Space. Before long, they were carving out an entirely new sound. “There was a sharp shift to wanting to do something definitive, because this is what I began to respect in others — a sense of striking out, of urgency,” says guitarist Mark Clifford in the extensive liner notes by Dave Segal accompanying this reissue. Being a debut album, it’s one that finds invention in economy. Quique’s unusual sound was not the result of an extravagant setup or a loaded, state-of-the-art studio, even if the guitars and vocals especially existed in a universe apart from everything else happening at the time. It was instead recorded in an attic studio in Camden, north London.
Seefeel left Too Pure for the more electronically-oriented Warp Records after Quique, and with the move assumed a more severe electronic approach. For its invention, its unique sound and the brevity with which its creators pursued it, Quique represents a prized moment for fans of electronica. The album is notable not just for the artists and records that trailed in its wake, but for the effect it has on listeners too. Clifford once noted, “Quique was used with autistic children – I have letters from people [in Liverpool] saying they’ve used it therapeutically with children… And I’ve had letters from people who’ve given birth to Quique.”
“We were not afraid of any possibilities,” says Seefeel bassist Daren Seymour in the liner notes. “And in fact, we enjoyed challenging the status quo as we saw it.”