Croatian trio Seine, one of the most original regional acts of the past half decade, returns with the third album ‘Naizust’, out on Friday, 22.4.2022 on Moonlee Records and Vox Project, delving deep into his whispery yet all-absorbing take on trip-pop mysticism. The album is now available on CD and in digital format, while the vinyl release is coming out in the fall.
If the debut ‘Sno sna’ (2017) was a strummy indie punk affair and its follow-up ‘22′ (2019) bet on anxious and noisy trip-hop sonics, the new LP boldly steers towards stripped back arrangements and much calmer atmospherics while showcasing an even more pronounced pop sensibility.
Dropping the acoustic guitar for a DAW, most of the record is built from a modest sound palette of synthetic beats, floaty synths, off-kilter basslines and occasional guitar licks, esoteric feedback and Ivan’s unearthly androgynous voice that immediately swallows you whole. Acoustic drums sometimes blend with subdued digital claps and kicks while Ivan’s subtle vocal harmonies float on top of enigmatic melodic lines.
Hardly comparable to any other recent release, ‘Naizust’ provides a convincing riposte to a global music scene ever more obsessed with rehashing and hackneyed nostalgia where describing someone as authentic almost feels like an insult. With their new album, Seine confirms the status of one of the bravest and freakiest punk bands of the generation.