Seefeel are an extraordinary, epoch-defining band, a group which one often finds name-checked in the write-ups of other essential music. Their debut album is a groundbreaking masterwork that exists far outside of time.
Yet still, they are a band almost everyone has managed to entirely avoid for years. I know that folly from experience and am hoping to both redeem my tardiness and prevent others from glossing over this sonic monument. In other words: take me seriously.
Quique manages to balance on the intersection of shoegaze, modern minimalism, and dub. The band never repeated nor equalled this watershed recording, but never needed to: it’s just that perfect; no sequel or addendum is necessary. It’s a complete world unto itself, full of pulsing tones and softly shuffled beat patterns. If ever a genre was misnamed it would be trance, for this music truly exemplifies the literal meaning of that word. From the opening throb of Climactic Phase 3 though the humming fadeout of Signals these 63 minutes take the listener on an utterly instinctual synaptic sojourn. As in: This is your brain. This is your brain on music.