The key words when needing to describe this band are 'punk' and 'Sweden', so you can pretty much come to your own conclusions about the nature of this record. This ten-track release is a cracking addition to most - if not all - punk/kraut music collections and is available on vinyl LP and released on Fuzz Club.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 11 January 2018
Post-punk’s more a commodity than a genre at this point in existence, with pretty much every band in the world trying their hand at deriving something from old-school goth chums. It started happening a lot with hardcore bands pivoting that way on their third album, but some bands still actually born gloomsters, and Sekel are one of them. Out of Sweden, this young band tempt the janglier side of post-punk while also leaning into its ghastly discordance, tethering it with the kind of robotic, trance-trapped churn of Can and the scattershot noise of more daring psych rock bands.
It’s a captivating little broth, all things considered: what starts off sounding like a typical trip into the dour nether regions is complemented by earth-shaking chords, romantic guitar lines and the perpetual motion of weirdo German rock. “Detektiv” starts with ascendency and promise before shaking off its intro for a bleak, surfy tune stylised with the affectations of the Birthday Party. The whole thing’s a well-calibrated disaster. Despite moving all over the place, the record feels brought together by a disparate but aesthetic core -- where songs might start off with the stripped-back punk progressions, they always come back round with self-serious vocal pontifications and spooky psych climaxes. It’s a record of many devious parts, all pushed into excellent disciplined patterns.
So it's a mess, but it isn't -- you know the drill.
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