IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES
SEEFEEL ARE AN INDIE BAND. They have heard My Bloody Valentine, but instead of taking the obvious - that is, "Feed me with your kiss" - They take "Soon" as the launch pad for their ideas. They pule, they ebb and they echo, guitars reverberating over and over. "Minky Starshine" could be the soundtrack for blood pumping steadily around your body: dub basslines, ambient washes of noise. a contact ring in your ears, then cut-up singing from choirs of awakening voices. "Plainsong" makes me think of water, of submarines and depth charges. Seefeel make me think of drowning; not the panic as a rush of water fills your lungs and salt stings your eyes, but gently succumbing to warm water. It's that feeling of immersion, of fluidity. They say it's the nicest way to die.
SEEFEEL ARE A DANCE BAND. Does the scare you indie-boys? You can dance to Seefeel, you can trance to Seefeel, but mostly I just sway. Shut my eyes, lose myself (immersion again).
Aphex Twin's "afx fast mix" of "Time to find me" is the easiest to get your feet around, the one that's most likely to make you wave your arms around, as you pick out the words 'To find, to find, the time." Seefeel are blissed out, slow motion techno.
If Alex Paterson had leanred to play guitar, then this is what The Orb would sound like; if only "Plainsong went on for as long as "The Blue Room".
Originally appeared in Melody Maker July 24, 1993