What does Seeming sound like?
Gothpunk and synthpop collide in a cloud of angst and rage.
The review of Seeming – Where Were You / Soul
I am forever impressed at how Seeming tackles their music. Seeming says on his Bandcamp page his music is post-goth, post-human and post-everything and that often feels like the case. His music is like a glorious apocalypse distilled into industrial grooves and danceable anthems for sad people. His standalone single ‘Where Were You / Soul’ encapsulates that.
‘Where Were You’ is a spicy rundown of some of the greatest hits of disasters of 2022. Seeming does it in a poetic way as instead of singing he quickly speaks his way through paragraphs of damning situations for the human race. As this happens harsh, industrial drums clatter and bang as grainy synth basslines sizzle underneath, writhing in damnation. It isn’t immediately catchy but the song has a magnetic groundswell as more and more drama is injected in. The track is expanded via a great club version (which harks back to Seeming’s ‘Sol’ era a bit) and an ambient version. The b-side ‘Soul’ is a slower and more traditional Seeming song. Lots of thick synths, moody vocals, dramatic drums and Alex Reed’s vocals shine. There are two versions of ‘Soul’ – the original and a seven-minute extended version.
It’s great to have Alex Reed as Seeming back again. After many years, he can still captivate the listener with emotion that very few other indie artists do at such a consistent level whilst transitioning between genres. This leans more into hip-hop beats than most of his work but it’s still full of goth rage and that’s what gets my heart pumping.
Recommended track: Where Were You
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