From the opening wash of tactile, dreaming noise, ‘Strands of Golden Light’, Seirom’s new album 1973 displays a feverish devotion to fostering ecstasy & panic in the listener. It’s a tide coming in swiftly, swallowing you, hitting the shore with a heart-stopping crash, sending spray up into hazy sunlit air. From there it’s all gasping breaths. ‘Never So Lost’, the second track on the two-disc album, delivers on the ‘black metal shoe gaze’ box quote offering mated portions of Wolves In The Throne Room & Cocteau Twins running wild. Further in, the title track, rapturously conjured in ragged synths & low mixed drums, bleeds out a voice sample of Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton’s poem ‘I Do Not Love Thee’, as if even in this explosively beautiful summoning of 1973 still the ache to reach further back into myth & memory is unquenchable.
Whole swaths of the album are given over the manifestation of scouring, blissful noise – the exultant ‘Change’ crescendos its crescendos. Though tracks like ‘At Night’ punctuate by segueing into the ambience of animals & disc 2 opens with a gently rising whorl of choral in ‘Disappear’. There are whispers & hidden voices; hazed metronomic samples often offering eerie platitudes that read like offerings from The Arborea Institute. But throughout & altogether, there is just so much sound. It is genuinely sweeping & gorgeous.
Near the end, ‘For Black Hearts’, stitched with the sound of crickets, reverberates its way into a spasm, unfolding around a whisper that suddenly & frighteningly attains a direct intimacy heard nowhere else on the album. Thus rattled, we are left with only the invitation to ‘Experience the Light’, cannily placed at the finish.
1973 is available now from Aurora Borealis.