it could be that sei a has never been as directly in the spotlight as many of his peers because he is so hard to define. even in just his last few releases on hemlock, simple and turbo has the scot gone from searing techno to melodic house via skeletal garage.
i was gunna open this review with something like ‘sei a here continues his sonic re-invention blah blah’ but then i realised the now london based dude’s never really settled on any one style long enough for him to re-invent it.
glaswegian sei-a (pronounced “say a”, obviously) is an interesting one. he’s not someone who has ever been fully chewed up by the hype machine despite already having two solid lps to his name on french outlet missive music and tiga’s thriving turbo.
this ep’s title track comes on, quite simply, like a burial tune… all haunting and churchy, with sliced-up vocal groans layered upon soft knocking beats and harmonious bell notes. at the mid-point, a melancholic mood briefly turns more oppressive and depressive, but the minor chords eventually win out and a brighter dawn emerges once again.