Complex Chips without the Carbs
Five years ago under his previous name C-jeff, I reviewed ‘Big Steel Wheels‘ – which was a love letter to 80’s synth cinematics. Now under the new name Seajeff, the Jeff returns with chiptune focused album ‘Magenta’.
What’s immediately apparent is that the cinematic approach stays with Seajeff with his crossover into chiptune. ‘Changes’ opens up like a Rambo-
Seajeff often skews simple melodies of riffs for really complex arrangements but one track he keeps simple is the hardcore banging ‘Killustrated’. It nails your jugular and feels like an epic boss battle where it’s all about the drum and bass sections. It’s at odds with a lot of the tone around the album as the slinky ‘Now It’s Over’, the trippy ‘Revolution’ and the generally bouncy ‘To Be Courageous’ and ‘Is It’ all feel more uplifting and positive whilst refusing to be drawn into cheesy 4/4 chord progressions.
The album closes with four remixes. ‘Changes’ gets a full on metal version with the Stemage Remix and it’s phenomenal. All that complexity comes into life and it’s glorious. The guitars stay for an excellent version of ‘Lovers’ from Marshall Art and Kev Ragone as they go full on chip-rock to great effect. For pure shock value the Miette Remix of ‘Lovers’ blows it out the water as an alt-pop vocal version. It sounds like Daughter or Hundred Waters. Closing out the album is Shnabubula’s piano version of ‘Killustrated’ which ragtimes the boss theme to comedic brilliance but has utter showmanship at the core of its arrangement.
SeajJeff has made a great album with ‘Magenta’. The original tracks themselves are so complex and
Recommended track: Now It’s Over
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