8/10 Mike Staff review, 12 September 2013
Seams is the alias of Berlin-based Briton James Welch, and ‘Quarters’ apparently takes its title from having been recorded in four different areas of the city. What’s happening on this LP is clicky and rhythmic electronica with shades of FourTet and Gold Panda but often quite sparse and clinical, with meticulously constructed polyrhythms accompanied by simple synthetic melodies.
I think he’s at his most effective when things are stripped right back to almost nothing like the opening bars of ‘Hurry Guests’ with a claustrophobic shuffle and slow-paced three-note melody building a deliciously tense atmosphere which he cleverly balances extra details on without losing that initial minimal thrust, like a musical game of Buckaroo or Operation. It’s got a bit of an early Warp feel like old Boards of Canada or Plaid, kind of like some of the recent Russian electronica on labels like Sealt. I have to admit I’m impressed. This is one of the better electronic albums I’ve heard lately.
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