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~ The Seshen
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD196
“My record of the week”– HUEY MORGAN (BBC 6MUSIC)
“Dope! Love this!” – ANTHONY VALADEZ (KCRW)
“Soulful solitude” – THE FADER
“The Seshen continue to impress with every release.” – OKAYPLAYER
“It's always cause for celebration when there's new music from The Seshen” – AFROPUNK
“A resounding success and refreshing listen, full of colorful rhythms and narrative introspection” – BANDCAMP
“Beautiful, soulful, and just a little otherworldly…Lalin St. Juste’s voice is the perfect counterpoint, pouring through the spaces between keys and loops like honey” – POPMATTERS
San Francisco Bay Area-based six-piece The Seshen release the second single, “Colors Collide”, from their album ‘Flames & Figures’ via Tru Thoughts. The Seshen’s new single relays the intrapersonal journey of “Colors Collide”, and a reimagined remix from LA duo Starkiller (the production outfit of C.E. Garcia & Alfredo E. Fratti, members of Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn).
The Seshen’s latest album ‘Flames & Figures’ has received a phenomenal reception; a Bandcamp ‘Best Albums of 2016’ nomination and interview; the ‘Today’s Top Tune’ accolade from KCRW; airplay from KEXP, Huey Morgan and Vic Galloway (BBC Scotland); a feature on NPR; premieres and incredible online support from The Fader, Mass Appeal, LA Weekly, Okayplayer, PopMatters, Soulbounce, and print reviews from The Skinny, Electronic Sound and more. Through their much-talked-about live shows, and four releases to date (2012’s self-released, eponymous debut LP; and the ‘Unravel’ and ‘Unravel Remixes’ EPs on Tru Thoughts), their distinctive music has also seen praise from Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6Music), Jason Bentley (KCRW/NPR), OkayPlayer, Earmilk, The Line of Best Fit and Clash.
The Seshen is led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. The duo is joined by four remarkable bandmates to create their multidimensional music: drummer Chris Thalmann, keyboard/synth player Mahesh Rao, percussionist Mirza Kopelman, and sampler Kumar Butler. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion and entrancing harmonies for an unmistakablefusion of R&B, synth-pop and electronic music.
‘Flames & Figures’ sees the band on the cusp of a new era; two years in the making, the album marks an evolution in The Seshen’s unique sound. Narrated by St. Juste’s lyrical stream of consciousness, ‘Flames & Figures’ explores themes of femininity, power, illusion and loss as she draws on both her personal experiences and the world of her imagination.
In “Colors Collide”, Lalin St. Juste’s vocals follow a path of nostalgic fuzz and use their power to break free from the illusions of this world. The hazy mellotron flutes call to mind the psychedelia of an early Os Mutantes song, compellingly fused with The Seshen’s signature full, driven, layered rhythms. Speaking about her inspiration behind the lyrics, St. Juste explains: “Colors Collide is about the illusory spaces that are created for us and how we wrestle with the identities and experiences that grow out of those creations.” She elaborates: “It reflects the journey of leaving this current space for another. Perhaps in this next place I can be free. It’s not a physical space, but rather, the place within myself that I hope to reach.”
South Californian producers Starkiller’s re-imagining of “Colors Collide” plays with distorted electric guitar arrangements to create a cool, futuristic film-score aesthetic. Starkiller explain: “We wanted to do something with a lot of movement and forward motion that evolves very quickly, and then suddenly changes towards the end (hence the bridge with the almost off-kilter guitar solo), then gets back on track.” Examining the ‘winding roads’ and ‘distant hills’ framed in St. Juste’s lyrics, Starkiller mobilises her struggle and realises it through their beguiling reconception. Playing in venerable producer Adrian Younge’s Venice Dawn, Garcia & Fratti have contributed to records like the Black Dynamite OST, the Luke Cage soundtrack and worked with many of their own musical heroes (such as Ghostface Killah, RZA, the Delfonics’ William Hart, Souls of Mischief, and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of ATCQ).
Purchase "The Seshen - Flame and Figures" HERE