By: Aidan Clucask
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Seeds From The Geisha are a French alternative and progressive rock band. They began in November of 2007 in the cultural City of Light, Paris. Their first album, Peace Talk to the Wolf, was released via M&O in 2011, and achieved much acclaim among critics. From there on Seeds from the Geisha have reshuffled their members, and developed their progressive influences further with their new album Point Nemo.
The opening track’s title is a series of coordinates (’48° 52,6′ S 123° 23,6′ W’) which reveal a location in the Atlantic Ocean, and the origin of the album’s name. It represents the furthest point of any land mass in that ocean, as well as being near the location of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu. Whilst this album isn’t the furthest from anything you’ll have ever heard, it is a blend of two aspects of the ocean: the glittering surface, and the crushing depths. For the uninitiated, however, this album will be very curious, and to good effect.
Each song embraces these two themes, with reasonably heavy instrumental sections accompanied by plenty of clean guitar passages dotted around, as well as a singer who focuses on tone, with the occasional rasp, instead of a full blown scream. For the most part this is done so with pleasing results.
‘Cast the Anchor’ is easily the best example of combining this form of music with fantastic melody; the latter part of the album features a live acoustic version of this song, and ‘47’. Whilst the title track remains the focal point of this album, the importance of having such a hit in the first few tracks was tantamount to the success of this album.
The centre of the album is the strongest, peaking at the massive ‘Starving for Help’, but the bookends of the album could do with a little more angst. That said, if the band turns towards a more progressive direction then such dynamics are given greater freedom. The grungier vibe of ‘the Road’ actually harkens to a sound familiar with Pearl Jam or the Foo Fighters, which can also be heard in the singer’s voice.
This is a really enjoyable album, and one that demonstrates so much potential. The band are perfectly fine doing what they’re doing, but they should either measure their intensity in their music, or incorporate more curious, and bizarre, dynamics. Very well done.