Succour (album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Succour
Succourfrontcover.jpeg
Studio album by Seefeel
Released 20 March 1995
Genre Intelligent dance music[1]
Length 61:47
Label Warp
Producer Seefeel
Seefeel chronology
Starethrough
(1994)
Succour
(1995)
(CH-VOX)
(1996)

Succour is the second studio album by British band Seefeel. It was released on 20 March 1995 on Warp and did not receive a release in the United States. Pitchfork Media praised the album in 2017, placing it on their "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time" list.

Background[edit]

After the release of Quique, Seefeel left Too Pure Records and signed to the more electronic music oriented Warp where they released the EP Starethrough and included on Warp's compilation album Artificial Intelligence II in 1994.[2][3] Seefeel followed these releases with Succour in 1995.[2][4]

Style[edit]

Philip Sherburne of Pitchfork compared the sound the groups previous album Quique, which contained stylistic traits of shoegaze and ambient dub where the new work appeared to be more influenced by Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II, noting tracks like "Fracture" and "Vex" were "straight out of his playbook" while also containing beatless tracks "Meol" and "Utreat" that resembled the previously mentioned album.[1]

Release[edit]

Prior to the album's release, a single for the track "Fracture" was released on 26 September 1994.[5] Succour was released on 25 March 1995 by Warp.[4] It was released on compact disc, cassette, vinyl and as a digital download.[4] The album was not released in the United States and led to a temporary breakup of the group in 1996.[6] Mark Clifford focused on his side-project Disjecta while Peacock, Fletcher, and Seymour joined Mark Van Hoen for his group Scala.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[7]
Select (3/5)[8]

Allmusic described the album as "something of a disappointment" and "the LP was a bit too skeletal for most rock critics or music fans".[6] A review by Glenn Swan for Allmusic, opined that "there are a couple rough spots, as [Seefeel] were supposedly having band problems at the time."[7] Succour received a mixed review from Select stating the group had found their own identity, noting tracks like "Fracture", "Vex", "Meol" and "Succour" are "clearly the product of deeper research".[8] The review concluded that the groups "voice is not quite their own yet", opining that "awestruck poor relations of μ-Ziq and Aphex's junkyard clang - especially "Cut" - are uncomfortably prominent".[8]

Pitchfork Media praised the album in 2017, placing it on their "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time" list.[1] Their review declared it a "a singular album that has no equivalent—a sound so elemental, it’s no wonder the Designers Republic chose the cover they did."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mark Clifford[9] except where otherwise noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Meol"   5:51
2. "Extract" Clifford, Sarah Peacock 7:28
3. "When Face Was Face" Clifford, Justin Fletcher, Peacock 6:03
4. "Fracture" Clifford, Fletcher, Peacock, Daren Seymour 5:52
5. "Gatha"   6:00
6. "Ruby-Ha" Clifford, Peacock 6:08
7. "Rupt"   6:29
8. "Vex"   4:25
9. "Cut" Clifford, Peacock 5:40
10. "Utreat"    
11. "[untitled]"    

Credits[edit]

Credits adapted from Succour compact disc sleeve.[9]

  • Seefeel – producer
  • Mark Clifford – mixing, arrangements
  • Geoff Pesche – mastering
  • Francis Arkwright – digital editing

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sherburne, Philip. "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Segal, Dave (2013). "From '93 to infinity". Quique (Media notes). Seefeel. Modern Classics Recordings. MR-021 / MCR 906. 
  3. ^ "Seefeel:Starethrough". Warp. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Seefeel:Succour". Warp. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Seefeel:Fracture/Tied". Warp. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c Bush, John. "Seefeel Biography". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Swan, Glenn. "Succour". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Grundy, Gareth (May 1995). "New Albums". Select (59): 100. 
  9. ^ a b "Inside sleeve". Succour (Media notes). Seefeel. Warp. 1995. WARPCD28. 

External links[edit]