Seekae are a Sydney-based electronic music group. They formed the group under the name Commander Keen in reference to the mid-'90s PC DOS video game series, later changing the name to an elongated version of Commander Keen's initials (CK) after realising the name was taken by a Scottish band. They released their debut album The Sound of Trees Falling on People in 2008 and released the follow-up +Dome in 2011 and the EP 3 in 2012. The band released their third album "The Worry" in September 2014.
Alex Cameron and John Hassell met in high school and played in an indie rock band together. After finishing high school, Alex was reunited with George Nicholas with whom he went to primary school and after realising their common music tastes, the three began playing more experimental electronic music using George's MPC sampler and John's MicroKORG. The trio garnered critical acclaim from the Australian music press and were praised for their unique sound on the Sydney scene at the time, taking influence from UK post-dubstep producers Mount Kimbie and James Blake as well as being compared to fellow Australian electronic musicians PVT.
The Sound of Trees Falling on People album:
In 2008, Seekae's debut album The Sound of Trees Falling on People was released independently in Australia, then officially through Knitting Club Records and re-released when the band signed to Rice is Nice the following year. The album uses samples from instruments traditionally associated with indie and electronica such as piano, guitar and vocals, layered over 8-bit style synthesizers (most prevalent on the track Snax) and polyrhythmic electronic percussion. Rather than being a completely studio based production, Cameron wrote that the debut album "was a mixture of having written songs for live shows, which we sort of shaped and morphed over time... After about a year of playing live we realized we had enough for a record". The album was the focus of much attention from Sydney radio station FBi, which named it album of the week in May and heralded Seekae as the best live act of 2009. The album was also responsible for Seekae winning the Soundclash grant from the Australian Arts Council, as well as receiving a 7.9/10 from popular Australian music journal Polaroids of Androids.
On 6 August 2009, the group self-released five remixes of various Australian artists digitally and on limited CD-R release. They launched the EP at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, playing alongside the artists who were featured on the EP.
The band's second album, +Dome was released in Australia on Rice is Nice and Popfrenzy on 25 March 2011. +Dome brought Seekae to the attention of international music media after the band toured the album locally, in Europe, North America and Japan and in return, reviewers cited that the album reflects a greater influence from the UK bass and post-dubstep scenes as well as from '90s IDM artists such as Autechre. In response to the financial grant awarded to the band in 2009, the band were able to use more complex recording techniques, +Dome featuring more exotic instrumental acoustic recordings and a more sonically embellished production. NME gave +Dome a 7/10 and cited that despite the heavy electronic elements present, the rhythms feel "directed by human hands".
In 2012, a 12" pressing of the track "3" was released and sold alongside +Dome at Seekae's headline and support slot shows around Australia, featuring a club-edit of the track on the A-side (mixed by Seekae) and a remix of the track by Belgian techno/house producer Locked Groove (Hotflush Recordings).
The Worry album:
On 12 September 2014, the band released their third album, The Worry, with Future Classic. It's the first LP the group has produced with the vocals of frontman, Alex Cameron. Their reason for wanting a lyrical album was to tell a story to the audience, and "eliminate any ambiguity", which they felt they could not do with instrumental music. Despite being a major departure from their previous sound, FasterLouder praised The Worry, giving it 8/10, saying "though The Worry has less flavours in the mix when compared to +Dome they turn out to be potent ones".
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