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Posted Dec 8th, 2011 (4:39 pm) by Brandon Fisette
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Australia has come a long way from its roots as the home of the worlds worst kinds of criminals. Beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and friendly people have made this country/continent a major tourist destination for all kinds of travelers. What many tourists may not know is that Australia is also home to many up-and-coming electronic acts. Sydney's Seekae seems to be on the forefront. With two albums underfoot and reviews from major publications, such as "Rolling Stone," this new band is getting all kinds of attention outside of their secluded homeland.

In a genre which consists mostly of solo producers, Seekae set themselves apart by being an actual band. The trio all play synths, with John Hassell taking vocal responsibilities (where they exist) and the other two, Alex Cameron and George Nicholas, working the drum machines. They bend genres, taking elements of ambient, chillout, and even glitch music into their sound. Their music is extremely textural, with layered noises and chill beats, perfect for a day relaxing on the beach, or even a night in at home. Their Facebook claims "they're just pressing spacebar," but it is clear that they are doing much more than that.

Their debut album, The Sound of Trees Falling on People, was released in 2008 on Rice is Nice records. It molds carefully selected samples with downtempo ambient electronica. The album gained a lot of positive critical attention, and their subsequent supporting tours, with acts such as Mount Kimbie and Broadcast, earned them the Best Live Act award at Sydney's Music Arts and Culture awards.

March of 2011 saw the release of their second album, +Dome. This album continued the chill electronic sound of their first release, while adding live instrumentation to the mix. The album established the band as one of the most unique electronic acts around, and is based on the sounds of the many places they visited while touring.

Seekae is definitely an act to watch out for. They're accessible without falling into the dangers of "easy listening," and they're willing to take risks within their genre. With only two albums, Seekae leaves the listener ready for more, and hopefully more is what they will give.

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