Sei Still come from Mexico City but play music that’s more in keeping with 1970s Germany. There’s clear influence from the likes of Can and Neu! but they also take pointers from minimalism and films such as Easy Rider and Andrei Tarkovksy’s 1979 classic, Stalker. Motorik beats recorded in Mexican woodland.
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Sei Still appear to take their name from German innovators Popol Vuh’s early 80s album ‘Sei still, wisse ich bin’. Their music is very in keeping with the sounds heard in West Germany during the early 70s, namely NEU!, Can and the milder moments of Amon Düül II. On ‘Sei Still’, the Mexican group show a lot of restraint, opting for relaxed psychedelia and unhurried strides over prog theatrics and electronic wig-outs. Rhythms glide at the pace of ‘Autobahn’ as guitars shimmer luminously and organs bubble underneath. The steady drumming provides a backbone and promotes a hypnotic calm, whilst the production is raw and warm.
‘Sei Still’ comes across as a nice homage to their European heroes and adds the modern flourishes of kraut influenced fuzz-rockers Wooden Shjips and Chilean minimalists Föllakzoid. ‘Fortuna’ grabs attention with its pairing of a shuffling drums with a delightfully supple bassline and catchy vocals, ‘Television’ is a darker and more abstract affair, ‘Ladron’ impresses as a tumbling space rock number, and intro track ‘Blumenkriege’ sounds a like a leaner version of Stereolab.
‘Sei Still’ will appeal to those aching to satisfy their krautrock cravings, though it doesn’t add too much to its palette. It’s a genre and sound that reaps benefits when lurching into the unknown and uncategorizable, just look to the gorgeously atmospheric moments of ‘NEU 75’, the aquatic ambience of Can’s ‘Future Days’ or the dub techno-isms of Föllakzoid’s latest. They sound at their best when they break from the motoric template and into more original sounding material, but ‘Sei Still’ still shows many a moment of promise.
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