We are sad to say that we have to postpone Seams due to circumstances beyond our control.
Please approach your ticket seller for a refund and watch this space for further announcements.
If for some the debut album can be a weight on strained shoulders compared to off the cuff single tracks and relatively short, sharp bursts of creativity experienced during an artist’s fledgling beginnings, then Berlin-based British producer James Welch aka Seams seems to carry his own first full-length easily. Quarters, out on Full-Time Hobby, is a record that flows with a lucid fluidity, taking on a more overtly beat-driven stance than previous EPs Tourist and Sleeper (put together last year for a double-release,) but retaining a lightness of touch that allows the material to lift up and outwards from its scuttling rhythms.
Quarters was also made with his live set in mind; after two years learning his trade while being taken on the road by the likes of Gold Panda and – a little more incongruously – math three-piece Three Trapped Tigers, 2012 was a year where the young artist began to make inroads as a headline artist in his own right. This gained experience has helped Seams develop a new-found confidence in his show, and as such he’s felt comfortable contorting his studio work into tracks that have the flexibility to cope with his increasingly varied, eclectic live performances. “A lot of these tracks developed live,” he says. “I’ve been playing some of this album for a while now, tweaking them as time goes on, always with the live set in mind. I wanted my set to flow more, with less stopping between tracks.” Quarters imitates that smooth live cohesion, and with its eight tracks moulding into one
comprehensively formed body of work, it becomes hard to see the seams between their patchwork. One thing is for sure though; there will be plenty more of Seams to be seen.