THE BIRDWATCHER’S GUIDE TO ATROCITY
a 2020 album by Seeming
with ten ways to survive until tomorrow
Menacing but vulnerable. Furious but intimate.
Co-produced with renowned avant-garde percussionist Sarah Hennies, The Birdwatcher’s Guide to Atrocity shines eerie light through the cracks of life under capitalism. In effortless accents of chamber pop, postpunk, and clattering synthpop, the album radiates political revolt, personal remembrance, and disarming compassion. Never before has Seeming’s post-anthropocene futurity been more appropriate.
Highlights of the record’s tightly-wound 37-minutes include:
• the harrowing tempo experiment of opener “The Fates”
• a lush plea against disappearance in “Remember to Breathe”
• frantic pop singles in “Go Small” and “Someday Lily”
• the industrial banger “End Studies”
Seeming is the project of Alex Reed, with Aaron Fuleki. They had previously been in the band ThouShaltNot. Alex is the author of a 33 1/3 book as well as Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music.
For fans of Low, Depeche Mode, Chelsea Wolfe, Hurts, Einstürzende Neubauten, Twin Shadow, Emma Ruth Rundle, IAMX, Leonard Cohen, ANOHNI, HEALTH.