Whilst Jack White can complain of the internet being in direct opposite to music being seen as art and electronically produced music being soulless, it seems he’s fighting a losing battle. The internet has taken a lot of money away from the music industry, but gifted it with some of the most impressive new artists of the new millenium, and the increasing number of supremely talented bedroom artists can only be an encouragement. London-based James Welch – or Seams as his musical endeavours are labelled – is the cream of the current crop, generating hype by the bucketload in his wake. Recent single ‘Nightcycles’ is easily the most impressive display of his unique set of skills, taking the most basic of ingredients – a 4 second piano riff, a few glitchy clicks, a vocal sample or two as well as other odds and ends – siphoning it through a computer and coming up with 7 minutes of minimalist genius.
Comparisons with Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet work are bound to be thrown around, but it’s with good reason. ‘Nightcycles’ has more than a shade of 2004’s flawless ‘My angel rocks back and forth’ and given the range of emotions that both evoke, it’s not suprising there are few other tracks in the genre that come close. With ‘Glitch’, Seams hints at a darker side, one which should definitely get the crowds moving on his forthcoming tour with Dam Mantle and BBC Sounds of 2010 nominee Gold Panda. If you’ve got the chance to see the trio on one of their 6 date jaunt, don’t miss out – it’s sure to be special.
Seams – Nightcycles
Seams – Glitch