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Guest Playlist: Seekae

It’s all change in the world of Aussie electronic trio Seekae. Not only have the antipodean three-piece signed to the much-lauded Future Classic imprint (Flume, Jagwar Ma, Classixx), their as-of-yet untitled next album – due early next year – is going to be their first featuring vocals. As such, we knew we had to get the Seekae boys in to give us a rundown of the tracks that gradually persuaded them to let vocals into their world of beeps and bleats. Bowie, Cohen, Waits; suffice to say, there are some classics in store here.

But first, have a listen to ‘Another’: their first single with vocals – here provided by percussionist, Alex Cameron:

1. David Bowie – ‘Wild is the Wind’

“David Bowie is my favourite vocalist. He is the truth. There are many versions of this song, a lot of them equally beautiful – but I love this Bowie rendition. I listen to this and get images of a dopey, loving heifer. They have sweet eyes. They seem only to want love. Unfortunately there is some force that prevents the heifer from attaining that true freedom, which is where the bull comes into things. He comes along and reminds the force that there’s just no stopping what he is about to do. So, it better wait its turn. In this song Bowie starts as the heifer, and ends as the bull. Magnificent.”

2. Tom Waits – ‘Dirt in the Ground’

“I’m a bit lost for words when it comes to explaining why I like vocal performances – especially when it comes to legends and classics. Tom Waits’ choice of range on this one adds to the inevitability of it all. It’s a message he doesn’t need to growl or yell. It’s not his point to make. It just is.”

3. Roy Orbison – ‘Crawling Back’

“There was just no stopping this guy. He was a real piece of work. I don’t think he died. I think he just got up from the dinner table one night, got in his 42 Excalibur, and drove off into the clouds. ‘Enough is enough.’”

4. Alan Vega – ‘Je T’Adore’

“I’m in awe. Alan Vega makes such a positive love song sound terrifying. He didn’t even have to add the murder at the end. I count this as being beautiful.”

5. Leonard Cohen – ‘I’m Your Man’

“I’m still trying to be careful, writing about such legendary songs and offering my opinions seems redundant. Leonard Cohen to me takes on this character that almost disregards the music. It’s a purposefully careless performance that enhances the message of the song. There is no one else. Take it or leave it.”

6. Tommy Raudonikis – ‘Harden Up’

“Just knowing that Tommy got out of hospital to film this gets me fired up.”

7. Lou Reed – ‘Coney Island Baby’

“Lou Reed manages to express really profound messages through a fragile performance of quite specific lyrics. Then he hits you with an idea that you can’t really walk away from, ever.”

8. John Lennon – ‘Instant Karma’

“When I read about the pace in which they recorded this record, and then released it, it kind of made sense. The performance and the ideas are expressed rapidly. The track is washed out with busy percussion and it has a rather stompy feel to it. But the message manages to be emotional and threatening at the same time. When I was much younger and my parents would play Lennon’s music, I never questioned it. It seemed his performances and his music weren’t really pop songs, they were more ideas lining up to form part of my consciousness.”

9. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – ‘Stagger Lee’

“I saw Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds play at the Sydney Opera House this year. It was something else. We can all stop looking. Nick Cave already found it.”

10. Best Psych-Up Speech Ever

“It is what it is. I put this on before most shows and just take deep breaths. No one is allowed into the Green Room at that point.”

- Alex Cull

You can grab a copy of the ‘Another’ single over on iTunes here

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