Seam – Tourism/Sleeper Double EP Review

Seams, a young electro artist experimenting with sounds and finding his way, has released “Tourist/Sleeper” a double EP, including his first Album “Tourist”, previously released in 2011, along with his brand new album “Sleeper”.

The aptly titled “Tourist”, which consists of 4 tracks, paints the picture of a Seam’s 2010 summer in Berlin. Consisting of musical groves, ambient noises, and incredible sound design, Seams transports you from the “Hanging Markets” to the “Carnavale, and recreates the sounds and atmosphere he personally took in that summer.

Seams shows incredible maturity for such a young artist, building full songs that envelope the listener and offer a delicious array of sounds, timbres and textures to enjoy. He is patient with his approach, and does not rush the listener, but gently leads them through his detailed adventure.

Songs like “Nachtmusik” show Seams is much more than a sound-design loving, electro-acoustic aficionado. The pinnacle of ambience and groove, this track offers more delectable goodness. It goes down like warm velvet and is best track on this side of the EP.

“Tourism” is the kind of album you take in as a piece of art. Play it, lay down on your couch, stare at the ceiling and let your mind drift wherever it may. A passive listen, but if you want to do that, then this album is perfection. Listen to it with great earphones or speakers. It deserves it. There is an incredible attention to detail here. Fully detailed, excellently crafted.

The 4 track “Sleeper” picks off where “Tourism” left off, and specifically shows the artist growing from an ambient, atmosphere creator, to a more musically focused producer, with a more structured sound.

The up-beat “Potential” actually shows just that. While still showcasing his sound design talents and his love to paint broad strokes of detailed, spectral elegance, Seams here shows clear focus and emphasis on making a structured, “dance-able” song.

This side of the EP gives a glimpse into the type of songs that will push the electronic music scene forward. Incredible amount of detail to pick out of the tracks, while still offering a consistent and enjoyable groove.

Seams is offering something very fresh to the electronic game. Through both albums, Seams consistently serves up a lot for your ear to taste. The detail in sound design is something to be admired. Very polished and thought through. Tourism/Sleeper is electronic music for an incredibly intelligent and perceptive ear. A piece of art, but not yet a masterpiece. Excited to see where his future development and growth will take us.

By Sergio Gentile

Audiophile, scientist, philosopher, and artist. Lover of fascinating people who create great things. Currently working on a book that's going to blow your mind.

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