with FOUL WEATHER
The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area-based six-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music. St. Juste and Ehara are joined by four remarkable bandmates to create their multidimensional music: drummer Chris Thalmann, keyboard/synth player Mahesh Rao, percussionist Mirza Kopelman, and sampler Kumar Butler. They take inspiration from across the musical spectrum; their individual influences range from recognizable artists (Erykah Badu, Jai Paul, James Blake, Radiohead, and Broadcast) to genres and eras that don’t initially appear to fit together (hip hop, indie rock, early electronica, and 70’s dub). Their unique alchemy of seemingly disparate sounds has led fans and critics alike to describe the band as defying categorization.
The Seshen’s latest release, Flames & Figures (October 14, 2016 – Tru Thoughts), was two years in the making and marks an evolution in their distinctive sound. Narrated by St. Juste’s lyrical stream of consciousness, Flames & Figures explores themes of femininity, power, illusion, and loss, as she draws on both her personal experiences and the world of her imagination.
The band remains in high demand, supporting live shows with the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, tUnE-yArDs, Thundercat, Petite Noir and many more. They will be touring extensively in both the U.S. and Europe in 2017 after recently signing with booking agency 13 Artists (Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, Portishead).
“A lot of artists tout, in their minds at least, that they’re the epitome of cool. But few exemplify that through their music like The Seshen.” – MASS APPEAL
“The group’s powerful live show is now being matched to an astute studio approach which wrings out the emotion from every track” – CLASH
“My record of the week” – HUEY MORGAN (BBC 6MUSIC)
“Dope! Love this!” – ANTHONY VALADEZ (KCRW)
“Soulful solitude” – THE FADER
“The Seshen continue to impress with every release.” – OKAYPLAYER
“It’s always cause for celebration when there’s new music from The Seshen” – AFROPUNK
“A resounding success and refreshing listen, full of colorful rhythms and narrative introspection” BANDCAMP
“Beautiful, soulful, and just a little otherworldly…Lalin St. Juste’s voice is the perfect counterpoint, pouring through the spaces between keys and loops like honey” – POPMATTERS
Opaque in an age of Internet transparency, James Supercave’s approach to pop stardom is a bit less visible and a little more strange.
Beyond the fragmentary web presence, the pixel personality, the blogger hearsay-to know James Supercave is to listen to the music. Supercave assumes the pop idiom, filling its dimensions (drums, synth, guitar, bass, vocals) while continually charting its fringes. The result: modern eccentricities thrown Pollock-like against psych pop-a sound that is cerebral in lyric and muscular in command of beat and groove.
Whether in winking jabs at corporations, or in frustration anthems angled at the internet native, James Supercave offers an uncompromising mirror to life’s edges: the smooth, the rough-hewn, the odd-angled. James Supercave, the pixelated face of many, offers urgency to preserve the human in it all.
After sharing stages with Future Islands, Warpaint, Chet Faker, and Jungle, James Supercave partnered with Fairfax Recordings for their debut LP, Better Strange. Supercave is currently on tour, with the album set to release in February 2016.