Simian Mobile Disco – “Seraphim”

Now this is some precisely-chosen décor: the hard-edged bathtub; the early 20th century books (Alistair Cooke, Bernard Shaw, James Laver); the multi-coloured camping-style plastic coffee mugs—it’s stirring to see a band (and their creative team, obviously—director Aoife McArdle, editor Sam Ostrove of Cut+Run) strive for perfection in such details.

Accoutrements aside, we’ve been given an intriguing (sometimes inexplicable) amalgamation of night windows—snapshots of diverse lives that aren’t really so different (“a panorama of obsessive behavior,” is how McArdle puts it).

“Life is rhythm,” says the one dude’s tattoo. ‘Life is repetition’ might be the extension, ‘Electronic music is repetition,’ the inevitable conclusion. There’s music here, of course, though it tends to take a back seat to the drama. “Seraphim” is from Simian Mobile Disco’s upcoming Unpatterns.

-Scott Bryson


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