SAN FRAN area septet The Seshen have been nothing if not productive this year.
They released their third album, Cyan, earlier this year with Brighton’s eclectic beat hounds Tru Thoughts. They’ve since taken three singles from Cyan: the crisp soul electro of “Dive”, the beautiful acoustic grace of “Don’t Answer” and cool breaks torchsong “Take It All Away”.
Out now is a fourth single, “Still Dreaming”, which you can hear below, forming a quartet of single tracks which illustrate a dizzyingly talented seven-piece, unafraid to flame out in any number of directions with absolute aptitude.
With consciously 80s’ synths down in the engine room, albeit pristine with all the spatial placing and gleam of fine 2020 production courtesy Akiyoshi Ehara, it’s the gospel-fluidity of Lalin St Juste’s tremendous voice that really spreads the track’s wings; all underpinned by a very UK broken beat rhythm.
It’s at once wholly music for the muscles, and yet sonically so bright and complex that it moves the head too. There’s a lot to taste, to rewind and explore again.
It might sound odd at first, but The Seshen would form a really very interesting one-two listen with the recent album by Braids, which we reviewed a few weeks ago. Both are combining and recombining so many strands of musics in order to fashion a future, and both are so aurally beguiling.
The Seshen’s “Still Dreaming” is out now, and may be purchased at Bandcamp; the album, Cyan, although currently out of stock on vinyl, is also available at that page.