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Seely


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Ethereal dreampop

Status:

Final release, Winter Birds (2000)

See also:

Wikipedia's entry on Seely

Comparisons:

Early Stereolab, a more pop Cocteau Twins

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Male and female vocals. Seely sounds a lot like early Stereolab, and once Stereolab abandoned that style (much to my dismay) the territory was Seely's alone. Not that they're doing the 60s stuff that Stereolab did, it's more in the vocal harmonies and overall complexly simple soundscapes they created. Lovely music, wonderful female vocals. Ethereal, yet more song-oriented than the Cocteau Twins stream of things. Quintessential dreampop. They deserve to be better known, on ecto and elsewhere. Highly recommended, especially their later albums. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Winter Birds

Recordings:


parentha see

Release info:

1996—Third Eye—TE-2007

Availability:

Out of print

Ecto priority:

Recommended for Seely fans

Group members:

Steven Satterfield—guitar, vocals
Joy Waters—bass, vocals
Lori Scacco—guitar
Eric Taylor—percussion

Guest artists:

Ian Feagin—viola
Toby Feagin—cello
Andrew D. Barker—xyllophone
Charles Waters—arp

Produced by:

Seely

Comments:

Dreamy. Loose and flowing. Too much so for me—this one never feels like it comes into focus. I would recommend starting with one of their other albums. (Neile)

Julie Only

Release info:

1996—Too Pure—9 43100-2

Availability:

Wide on release

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of dreampop

Group members:

Steven Satterfield—guitar, vocals
Joy Waters—bass, vocals
Lori Scacco—guitar
Eric Taylor—drums

Produced by:

Seely & John McEntire

Comments:

Their first "mainstream" release, re-recordings of some of the songs from parentha see, plus some additional tunes. (Neile)

Seconds

Release info:

1997—Too Pure (U.K.)—PURE69CD

Availability:

Wide on release

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of dreampop

Group members:

Steven Satterfield, Lori Scacco, Eric Taylor, Joy Waters

Guest artists:

Scott Herren

Produced by:

Scott Herren and Steve Askew

Comments:

Very dreamy ethereal dreampop. My strong favourite here is the song that was the single, "Soft city"—a perfect Stereolab-like energetic dream. (Neile)

it is amazing...maybe better than their first. Joy sounds so much better, having developed a really nice, sultry vocal style...and there are no bad trax! Just wonderful stuff. (Violaine@juno.com)


Winter Birds

Release info:

2000—Koch Records—KOC-CD-8076

Availability:

Wide on release

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Steven Satterfield, Lori Scacco, Eric Taylor, Joy Waters

Produced by:

Seely, Steve, and Scott

Comments:

This is really lovely. All the things I liked about early Stereolab and none of the things that I've grown less interested in over time. Really lovely vocals, good songwriting—sort of updated '60s pop ethereal. I think this one is even better than their previous discs. "Planes circle do" and "sandy" seem the epitome of their music, and I particularly love these two songs. (Neile)

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