Seams is the pseudonym of multi instrumentalist and producer James Welch. Welch is an artist who is riding the crest of the current renaissance of intelligent, cerebral electronic music, and is clearly a young man with a lot to give. By far the standout track from this collection has to be the sublime Nachtmusik, a blend of natural found sounds and subtle, refined synth noise that slowly build and are brilliantly and precisely looped in such a way as to combine perfectly. Reminiscent of experimental sound artists before him such as Matthew Herbert, Chris Clarke, Aphex Twin and perhaps more significantly Eastern flavoured sound artists like Takagi Masakatsu, Seams could well be a real driving force, should he get that important breakthrough to a wider audience (Chris Bohn, you listening?).
Seams is due to perform at the Star & Garter, Manchester this Wednesday, June 15th. Tickets here.
Listen to Seams’ music here.