Review: R.Seiliog - Shuffles [EP]

Review: R.Seiliog - Shuffles [EP]

Peski Records // "As the EP progresses, it becomes clear that Edwards is perfectly at ease working with many different rhythms at once."

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Last Edited by: Ffion Davies January 10th, 2013.

R.Seiliog, aka Robin Edwards, is an electro musician with a difference. He hails from Cardiff but was born in the basement of a watchmaker’s shop in Peniel. Judging from his EP Shuffles, either the story or the experience has impacted his way of making music and hearing rhythm.‘Sturdy Seams’ bounces along chirpily with jittery, confusing rhythms, which are balanced by a wider, more clearly measured sense of time. As the EP progresses, it becomes clear that Edwards is perfectly at ease working with many different rhythms at once.

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While ‘Sturdy Seams’ is an interesting, varied and unusual listen, later songs on the EP suffer from the use of recurrent ideas and lack of change; too often a simple melody is worked and reworked until it has nothing left to give. Where the melody of ‘Sturdy Seams’ is manipulated carefully over the course of the song to maintain its potency, sometimes Edwards starts out a track having too little to work with.

No matter how well-produced tracks like ‘Crawl Back Butterfly’ are and no matter how many tics and idiosyncrasies are added to them, it’s sometimes all too easy to lose interest in the basic tune. ‘To Be A Sgerbwd’ is similarly skeletal, with the usual pattern of theme-variation-fade out, but a strong atmosphere returns on the moody, reverb-heavy, guitar-led track ‘Gee Geffyl Sbaeneg’. Meanwhile contemplative closer ‘Ty80 Legmelt’ adds a sorely needed dose of sweetness.

By the time it’s all over you might even be convinced to start testing those Sturdy Seams once more.


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