|Studio album by Seefeel|
Quique is the 1993 debut album by British music group Seefeel released by Too Pure. The album was recorded in 1993 and is predominantly an instrumental recording that is a mixture of both electronic and rock music. The album was released in December 1993 in the United Kingdom where it received positive reviews in the British press. The album was followed up with Succour on Warp Records in 1995.
The album was re-released in 2007 in a deluxe format that included unreleased, re-mixed tracks and other music that was only released on compilations. The album continued to receive praise on its re-issue.
Mark Clifford formed Seefeel in 1992 after posting several ads up for potential band members. After doing a few shows and recording demos, the group was signed to a label in late 1992. Too Pure's co-owner Richard Roberts stated that on hearing Seefeel's demo that "there was no obvious song for radio, but in my opinion it felt good. As we viewed ourselves as an experimental label that didn't want to be tied to a sound or a scene, it seemed to make sense to release something with the band." Seefeel chose to sign with Too Pure as they felt the label had respect for its artists, despite their low budget given to them to record Quique.
Quique was recorded in July 1993. Tracks recorded for Seefeel's More Like Space EP were also recorded around this time. Mark Clifford stated that the tracks on More Like Space were simpler while the tracks on Quique were more involved and took longer to create.
The composition of the songs of the album was described by Mark Clifford as "just be messing around with a particular sound and then that sound would quite often just evoke a melody. Because the sounds we used were very much based around harmonics and stuff." All the songs on the album were created in a way for the band to re-create their music in a live setting. Many tracks on the album had been performed live before they were recorded for Quique. Daren Seymour stated that Mark Clifford was "working on a constant basis. The other members of the band contributed either complete tracks or component ideas into the process-some where accepted or not as Mark acted as the editor, and quite rightly so at times!" After the album was mastered, the group had their label Too Pure remove a track from the album before it was released.
The music on Quique is predominantly instrumental. Some song include wordless vocals from Seefeel's guitarist and vocalist Sarah Peacock. Peacock's vocals are low in the audio mix and are heard on the tracks "Industrious" and "Charlotte's Mouth". "Climatic Phase No. 3" contains minimal percussion, a bass line that rises and falls that creates a faint pulse to guide it. Both "Climatic Phase No. 3" and "Polyfusion" contain keyboard loops, guitar feedback, and drum machines. The tone of the album has been described as less dark than the group's follow-up albums Succour and CH-VOX. "Industrious" showcases ambience and drums which anchor the mix. Online music database Allmusic compared the song to ambient music tracks by the Aphex Twin.
Music critics have applied several different genres to Quique, including dream pop, ambient techno, Intelligent Dance Music, and shoegaze. Allmusic described the album's mixture of genres as "a sort of electronic hybrid that had listeners simultaneously scratching their heads" while Pitchfork Media stated that the audience will "hear the beginnings of a still-thriving genre that remains slippery and unnamed, purely electronic music with a strange, tangy rock aftertaste" Clifford was irritated by being placed within a genre by critics, stating that the group "weren't trying to fit into any one of their scenes and it felt a little like we were almost having convention thrust upon us when that was the very thing we were reacting against."
In February 1994, Billboard announced that the American music label Astralwerks had recently signed Seefeel and were set to release their album in April 1994. Quique was released on compact disc and cassette by Astralwerks. In 2003, Mark Clifford stated that Quique sold between sixteen or seventeen thousand copies.
In 2007, Quique was re-released in a deluxe edition. This version of the album included a bonus disc containing unreleased tracks, re-mixes and songs that appeared on compilation albums. Quique was re-released on vinyl on August 27, 2013 through Light in the Attic Records and its Modern Classics Recordings series, in conjunction with Medical Records. It was released with a gatefold sleeve with 1000 copies were printed on blue vinyl.
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Spin gave Quique as positive review, stating that Seefeel has "struck a sublime groove between MBV's sensual tumult and Aphex Twin's ambient serenity" Robert Christgau gave the album a "neither" rating, which states that an album "may impress once or twice with consistent craft or an arresting track or two. Then it won't." Mojo gave a positive review of the album, stating that "throughout much of Quique, Seefeel achieve that spacious weightlessness hinted at by their titles: 'Climactic Phase #3', 'Filter Dub', 'Signals'" In 1999, CMJ summarized the British critics' reception to Quique, stating that the album "earned Seefeel several months of adoration in the British music press and subsequent obscurity which usually follows such kudos"
Later reviews have been positive. Pitchfork has opined that Quique "still sounds timeless." Online music database Allmusic awarded the album four and a half stars out of five, stating "this is Seefeel at their most ornate. They squint by staring into the geometric refractions of light and record the results." The Los Angeles Times described the album as "underrated" and "that even 20 years later sounds like nothing else." Exclaim! stated that "While it doesn't feel like a timely release, the re-discovery of Seefeel (no word yet on a reunion) certainly verifies their relevance in today's music, especially in light of neo-gazers like Ulrich Schnauss and Tim Hecker."
All songs written and composed by Mark Clifford except where otherwise noted.
|1.||"Climactic Phase #3"||Mark Clifford, Justin Fletcher||8:24|
|2.||"Polyfusion"||Clifford, Sarah Peacock||6:22|
|6.||"Charlotte's Mouth"||Clifford, Peacock, Daren Seymour, Fletcher||7:25|
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|10.||"Clique"||Peacock, Clifford, Seymour, Fletcher||5:28|
|11.||"Is It Now?"||Clifford, Seymour||4:23|
|12.||"Filter Dub (i-01 Mix)"||9:40|
|13.||"Come Alive (Climactic Phase #1)"||Clifford, Peacock, Seymour, Fletcher||5:41|
|14.||"Time to Find Me (Alternate Desk Mix)"||Peacock, Clifford, Seymour, Fletcher||5:20|
|15.||"Charlotte's Mouth (Avant Garde Mix)"||Clifford, Peacock, Seymour, Fletcher||7:27|
|16.||"My Super 20"||Clifford, Seefeel||6:31|
|17.||"Climactic Phase #3 (Overnight Mix)"||Clifford, Fletcher||8:31|
|18.||"Silent Pool"||Clifford, Peacock, Seymour, Fletcher||7:02|
Credits adapted from Quique Redux booklet.
- Mark Clifford – guitar, sequencing, rhythm treatments, engineer
- Sarah Peacock – guitar, vocals
- Daren Seymour – bass, radio
- Justin Fletcher – percussion, rhythm programming
- Seefeel – producing, mixing
- Adrian Harrow – engineer
- Mark Van Hoen – engineer, mixing (track 13)
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