Talent is a valuable and durable commodity for it doesn’t wane or fade with time. Perceived both as a gift and a responsibility, it is bestowed upon the chosen few who are expected to hone it to create works of art that would hopefully inspire and empower society.
It’s either you have it or you don’t and when infused with passion, it would create that perceived ‘magical ingredient’ for success. ‘Seefeel’ has proven time and again that it has that so-called ‘magical ingredient’ regardless of the changes in trends and personnel.
Formed in the early 1990s by Sarah Peacock (vocals and guitar), Justin Fletcher (drums), Daren Seymour (bass) and Mark Clifford (guitar, sequencing) ‘Seefeel’ combined shoegaze/dream pop and IDM/techno seamlessly and effortlessly as evidenced by their visionary and formative 1993 album Quique via the British independent label Too Pure. A year later, they became the first act in Warp Records to use guitars and in 1996, signed with Rephlex Records to release the CH-VOX album.
They went on an extended hiatus following the release of CH-VOX only to resurface once again in 2010 with ‘Faults’, their first album in 14 years! This time, original members Clifford and Peacock were joined by former ‘Boredoms’ drummer Iida Kazuhisa and Shigeru Ishihara (DJ Scotch Egg) on bass for the band’s official return to form. ‘Faults’ was followed shortly by an eponymous LP in 2011. Both albums were released under Warp.
You would think that their extended leave of absence from the music scene and the lineup change would greatly affect the quality of their work. Nothing could be further from the truth! ‘Faults’ was transformative as much as it was nostalgic while their eponymous album was forward-thinking and arresting.
Both aforementioned works were great comeback efforts for a band that has chosen to stay away from the spotlight when the passion wasn’t there anymore. It’s more about the ‘feels’ for ‘Seefeel’ more than anything else and it just proves that talent and passion are inexhaustible commodities that transcend space and time.