By Samuel Stevens
Release Date: August 21, 2020
Genre: Art Pop, Post-Industrial
Label: Artoffact Records
Seeming is made up of author, theorist, and composer Alex Reed, with the help of member Aaron Fuleki. Seeming is a post-industral, art pop project that is ever changing. Not one album is alike in any shape or form. Seeming was formed in Ithaca, New York in 2014 from the ashes of Reed and Fuleki’s previous darkwave band, ThouShaltNot. Further continuing on their break out year, they broke into the scene with their debut album, Madness & Extinction, that earned an Album of the Year award from I Die: You Die. Their brand new album The Birdwatcher’s Guide To Atrocity was co-produced by avant-garde percussionist Sarah Hennies and both Reed and Fuleki.
Seeming’s brand new third album, The Birdwatcher’s Guide To Atrocity, is the follow up album to their 2017 album, SOL: A Self-Banishment Ritual, which introduced a 1970s funk and psychedelic feel to the Seeming’s sound. Seeming’s newest collective of work shines a light on living life under capitalism, and within it’s post-punk and synth pop elements, the album emits a political revolt, personal remembrance, and disarming compassion. Reed is the author of a 400-page book, Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music, where he said and promised, “to craft grandiose, otherworldly music that speaks with radically progressive fervor to real twenty-first century crises of politics, race, population, and animal rights.”
The ten songs on The Birdwatcher’s Guide To Atrocity touch on many important and interesting topics such as rage, capitalism, resilience, burnout, ecstasy, suicide, healing, magic, and creating new worlds. Seeming’s third and most certainly their most impressive record to date, promises to be another breathtaking record from Alex Reed, who is always reinventing himself with every song he creates. If you purchase a CD copy of The Birdwatcher’s Guide to Atrocity, you also receive a full-length bonus album of nine more original songs and two remixes titled, Monster. You can grab the album here, or listen to it on your preferred music streaming service.