Those who still think that electronic music is soulless will find ample evidence on ‘Quarters’, the debut album from Berlin-based James Welch, aka Seams.
But it’s precisely this collection’s dry, detached, robotic angles that appeal.
Too muted to be pop, too light to be club-friendly, Welch risks finding himself stranded in an electronica no man’s land.
Yet there is undoubtedly a human quality here, as evidenced by the unpredictable progressions of ‘Hurry Guests’ and ‘Rilo’ (below) – you just have to look hard to find it.
Words: Mat Smith
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Stream ‘Quarters’ in full via Deezer, below…