Live Review: SEEKAE + JONTI + TINCTURE @ THE ZOO, BRISBANE

12.8.14

An odd Tuesday (ahem, yes, Tuesday) night was upon us. Seekae haven’t taken national stages in about a year so trepidation set in. Prominent dance / electronic record label Future Classic are the latest to pick up on Seekae’s trans-wave aura, joining recent remix-buddy Flume on their roster. Never before has the Zoo been this spellbound and symbiotic in its presentation and audience fixation than tonight. Indeed, an odd Tuesday to behold.

If it hadn’t been for the early start, Jonti may have taken the show for himself. A sly mix of footwork and electronic soul this young producer had people ditching the bar for the stage. As you might expect from a support slot, Jonti was simply a precursor to Seekae’s set. Jonti was able to get those workday slumped feet of the floor and shuffling. The short set was pilled with exploration and movement tactics, but it was the simple influences of soul fed into the mix that allowed Jonti to have a say of his own that night. Out comes the milk-box, ukulele shaped guitar which provided sensual undertones to the glitchy beats.

Smoke filled the venue, making breathing a weighted task. The lightning burned to brisk darkwave which illuminated to smoke. The aesthetics seemed to be intact until the three alluding members of Seekae graced the stage; Addidas jumpsuits, designer wrap-around sunglasses and baseball caps. While the trio were mightily protected from the non-existent sunrays in the dingy atmosphere of the Zoo, we, however, we not protected from the total aural and out-of-body experience that was a Seekae show. With a new album due mid-September, the group were nice enough to give Brisbane audiences a true teaser to what’s to come in a few weeks time. Seekae’s new material takes a calculated and honest progression into the band’s exclusive genre of earthy, electronic tones and currents. Alex Cameron, the palpable frontman, has taken his vocal abilities, known to his solo works, into the Seekae fray. Cameron possess a breathy and bodily vocal tone that works so effortlessly into their run of songs.

If shoegaze had an electronic music counterpart, let it be Seekae. The three members kept their heads down and kept themselves deeply invested in the soundscapes they were creating. Even during the most heaving of moments during the set, Seekae remained fragile yet unerring that we’d break from the trance. Looking around the venue, I see people absorbing Seekae’s sounds in with their eyes shut. Taking the initiative, I try this experience myself. Instantly, through Seekae’s euphorical slow-jam Reset Head, I was able to project myself to a world unheard of. Patterns and scenery race through my mind like I’ve washed down some lucid drugs just minutes before. Add to that the mind-bending and pulsating light show that was happening around us. Quick flash strobes pierced through the smog and horrid green and blue shades illuminated the band – playing the joker card in this all-in match of musical aesthetics.

The set came to a promising closure – but mind the assumed encore – with Cameron taking leaving the comfort of his microphone and drum pad to break a sweat on the real drum kit. Rounding out with structure and class, Seekae dive into Blood Bank to prove, now with Future Classic to boot, that they can challenge dance music heavyweights in this bustling Australian scene. Their music made me think and tested my scope, but Seekae’s live show showed me how music can move people from the inside out.

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