Seeing Thingz ~ You'll Be Glad You Did
Date: Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 18:55:28 UTC

Artist: Seeing Thingz

CD: You'll Be Glad You Did

Home: Los Angeles, California

Style: Alternative Pop

Quote: "Creative, wild, quirky and brilliantly done."

By Beeb Ashcroft

You'll Be Glad You Did by Seeing Thingz is creative, wild, quirky and brilliantly done. The songs are killer, with excellent songwriting and delivery, bringing us rich textures of sounds that are at once humorous and beautiful. Vocalist Gwendoline has an evocative voice that floats over the music as it changes from intense rock, to introspective piano melodies, to carnival music ... seamlessly.

The first track on the album is "Summer Sun," a compelling pop piece with great guitar work. "Infinite Silence" blasts us off to another planet, as Gwendoline sings, "I hear aliens singing my frequency." It's quirky and gentle until it explodes into a rock crescendo.

Next up is the hip-hop overtones of "The Eel," followed by the standout cut "Bits and Pieces." Sounding like a game of cops and robbers, you hear the vocalists sing "Pow! Punch punch! Bang bang!" over an ominous bassline. It's hilarious, bizarre, and mesmerizing.

A French child narrates the beginning of "Beautiful Moon," which feels like a 1940s movie theme meets frenetic pop. "Night Driving" is a dark track punctuated by eerie sounds - it's extremely atmospheric and intensely captivating.

"Flying" starts off slowly and builds with a furious intensity. Seeing Thingz have an knack for perfectly combining quiet music with hard rock. "Pieces of Spring" is an intensely sad song driven by a beautiful piano melody.

We hear crazy carnival music in "Pensee," which is sung in French; but they quickly switch gears from the circus to the sweetly melancholy tune of "Sadness and Grace." "Covenant" starts out softly and grows into an almost haunting climax. "Zen Garden" is the last cut on the album, and its catchy melody lays a good foundation for the humorous vocals, where Gwendoline chants about the rat race: "Get up, make money, go home. Get up, make money, go home." The song ends, or so we think, and there is silence for a few seconds. Suddenly, a sort of spoken word piece begins, with eerie sound effects and an almost Bjork-like, apocalyptic feel. Then it fades out, and this extremely unusual album comes to an end.

Even though each song is different and includes a huge variety of styles and influences, it all works, and never sounds unfocused because it's all so uniquely them. You should definitely give this disc a spin because you'll be glad you did.

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