Exposé Online banner

Labasheeda — Status Seeking
(Presto Chango PCR 009-1, 2020, LP / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2020-10-12

Status Seeking Cover art

Formed in 2004 in Amsterdam, Labasheeda has released five full length vinyl-only releases over their career thus far, as well as a number of EPs, but Status Seeking is their first LP since 2015’s Changing Lights. The core of the band is based around singer / guitarist / violinist Saskia van der Giessen and guitarist / bassist Arne Wolfswinkel. Through the years, there has been a regular turnover in the rhythm section, and for this latest album we have drummer Edwin Slothouber on about half of the tracks, with Luca Fiandr on the others, with the latter handling bass duties on two cuts. Backing singer Danielle Pijpers rounds out the lineup with Bas van Waard guesting on cello on several tracks. Van der Giessen’s vocal presence is strangely commanding as she leads the group through a set that could best be described as experimental art-punk, the twelve pieces are all of succinct length, sometimes manic, other times more laid back, often distorted and over-the-top. While the vocals are a bit more lo-fi and fragile, and the instrumental backing more straightforward, I’m often reminded a bit of classic era Siouxsie and the Banshees. When violin is used it primarily offers a single driving element that cuts through everything else with power and simplicity. Many of the tunes here are quite catchy, with driving rhythms and overt hooks, like “False Flag,” “The Adversary” and opener “Dark Dream.” A more subtle and shimmery fragility can be found on other numbers like “Elusive Girl,” “No Guarantees” and to a degree “Crossing Lines,” while many of the cuts combine elements of both, for example “Reunion,” “Interruption” and “Uncomfortable Objects.” There is definitely a compelling mix of melody, aggression and simplicity throughout the twelve cuts of Status Seeking, I suspect that Labasheeda is a great band to see live.


Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): Labasheeda

More info
http://labasheeda.bandcamp.com/album/status-seeking

Latest news

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

2021-02-10
Chick Corea RIP – The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Free - Songs of Yesterday – The roots of popular blues based rock and roll are firmly tied to that of Free, a four piece act from the late 60s that had both singer and composer Paul Rogers and drummer Simon Kirke (later of Bad...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues