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Into Their World I Fell

Artist Review: Seeker Blue

Nate Spasiuk | December 15, 2018

Note: At the time of writing,Seeker Blue’s posted Soundcloud tracks consisted of “Is the Universe Enough”, “The Laodicean's Lament”, “The Man Who Wouldn't Stop Searching, Part 2”, “Some Questions Asked by a Certain Seraph”, and “Did The Plot Never Twist?”. This review takes these tracks into consideration, in assumption that any tracks subsequently added are similar in nature and content. Technical delays have delayed the uploading of this article somewhat.

With this collection of songs, Seeker Blue gives us a portal to another world; events unfold as if being read from a novel, with Seeker Blue being the narrator; our guide in a world of their own design.

Seeker Blue’s lyrics are just cryptic enough to have about them an air of mysteriousness; yet, are able to evoke scenes of fantasy, of far-away lands. In doing so, they [Seeker Blue] attempt to evoke, in their own words, “a search for truth and meaning. . . an examination of what is known and what is unknown”. Perhaps these real-life implications are lost in the storytelling, as the listener must infer somewhat to arrive at a premise. Nonetheless, this collection of songs creates a captivating and telling narrative.

The creation of this world is undoubtedly assisted by Seeker Blue’s soft, mellow vocals, which add to the calming storybook-like telling of the tale. Although at times perhaps too thin and airy (particularly when in their upper register, as in The Laodicean’s Lament), their voice blends well with their instrumentation choices, providing the listener with a quite cohesive - and often entrancing - sound texture. I am particularly fond of the vocal harmony in the entrancing chorus of “The Man Who Wouldn’t Stop Searching, Part 2” (I wonder whether a Part 1 exists). Holistically, Seeker Blue’s style is quite reminiscent of that of Owl City, particularly circa his Ocean Eyes album: in common, both artists have a knack for near-surreal lyrical imagery, a rather mellow-toned vocal tendency, and the use of synthesizer-steeped multi-instrumentalism.

Yet, musically speaking, the songs are sufficiently separate and distinct. Particularly distinct is “Is the Universe Enough”, which features Dark Side Of The Moon-esque guitarwork. Guests Panda Plane and Fuzz Genesis contribute, respectively, a steady electronic drum beat on “Did The Plot Never Twist”, and additional vocals on “The Man Who Wouldn’t Stop Searching, Part 2”. While both these artists’ additions fit well with Seeker Blue’s existing style, they aren’t necessarily otherwise noteworthy; I don’t understand what they bring to the table that Seeker Blue couldn’t have done himself. Of course, perhaps this speaks to Seeker Blue’s broad-ranging musical capabilities.

Going forward, Seeker Blue might wish to further develop their audio production techniques. Some sounds are panned - to one side or the other of the stereo field - rather aggressively, resulting in a disconcerting effect (particularly noticeable in the clicking-like percussion at 0:23 of “The Laodicean's Lament”). There was also a noticeably excessive amount of vocal sibilance in “The Man Who Wouldn't Stop Searching, Part 2”. Even so, these areas did not significantly detract from my listening; practice in these areas will only boost Seeker Blue to the next level.

Overall, Seeker Blue provides the listener with a calming, entrancing escape to another world: one filled with many introspective questions, yet not enough answers.

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Based in Edmonton, Canada, Nate Spasiuk is an experimental musician, student of popular music, and enthusiast of underrecognized art. He currently studies at the University of Alberta, where he majors in Music and minors in Arts & Cultural Management. He can be reached at [email protected], or through twitter at @N8point0.