Kiseleff | A Sound Seal

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A Sound Seal

by Kiseleff

A unique, radical debut from this new band. Fuses 80s New Wave/Post-Punk atmosphere with dance tempo, all rooted in a deeply Celtic vibe.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Quicksilver Universe
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2. Savannah
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3. Kites to the Moon
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4. Chaos
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5. The Word
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6. Tightrope
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7. That Distant Feeling
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8. The City Sublime
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9. Vera Cruz
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10. New World
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Album Notes
Bristol-based band formed in 2010, comprising Alan Renwick and Hal Andrews.

Debut album ‘A Sound Seal’ released on Scolpaig Records in Spring 2011.

The band’s dark, layered and infectious sound was honed through the bleak winter of 2010-11 in Greenholm in the West of Scotland. Kiseleff fuses an early ’80s New Wave feel with electronic/dance-influences.

The atmospheric songs on A Sound Seal are inspired by the true stories of three brothers who emigrated from the Hebrides to America in the mid-19th Century. Singer Al inherited dozens of letters send back to Scotland by the brothers (his direct ancestors) and built the songs based on his imagined version of their lives.

The album "A Sound Seal" was released within days of recording, and within weeks has gained a large global following, with over 10,000 Facebook fans and CD/download sales in over 20 countries. Al's unorthodox songs have been described as "ominous and optimistic, haunting and hopeful" while the collection's sole cover, The Church's "Chaos" was described by Steve Kilbey as 'the best ever Church cover'.

Press Reviews:

Suite 101
"These songs are beautifully potent. Solid A"
Melissa Kucirek - Suite101 (April 2011)

Skope Magazine
"Creative-to-the-bone material, a plot that takes you on an exciting journey and songs that are catchy as hell" 4.5/5
Jimmy Rae - Skope (April 2011)

"It's quite amazing how original Kiseleff’s sound is..a musical triple threat & should be considered a premier talent" 7/10
- Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music Review (Apr 13, 2011)

"both ominous and optimistic, haunting and hopeful...To sum it all up, this is one of the best cds by a band I was not previously familiar with" 3 Stars
- Ben Oliver, Music Emissions (Apr 08, 2011)

"Kiseleff’s first effort is downright jaw-dropping...builds off the work of bands like New Order and Depeche Mode while possessing a tempo that would make acts like Tiesto and Daft Punk jealous. Pick this title up. Rating: 8.1/10"
James McQuiston Editor - Neufutur Magazine (April 2011)


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really original, compelling debut
This is a great collection of strong songs, underpinned by a dark, moody atmosphere but with real drive and melody. Kiseleff seem to be compared to Joy Division but the songs are much more accessible in terms of the tunes and the verse/chorus/verse structure. 'Savannah' and 'The Word' are great tracks fit for wall-to-wall airtime, while 'Tightrope' is a really unusual fusion of mumbled-rap verses and soaraway chorus. Personally i prefer the more oblique tracks such as 'New World', "Kites to the Moon' and 'Quicksilver Universe' which have an otherwordly, ominous tone. One constant is the unique lyrical content, really paints some strange pictures which fit the sound well. All together a great package, certainly has echoes of some of the New Wave bands but has something all of its own too.


i read the review by Tam. All i can add is to talk about the lyrics. I find myself walking around singing lines like 'the sun will shine soon, and we'll all be sailing kites to the moon' or 'i built a shelter from the weather, tethered it with rope and stone and slept a hundred nights' or 'i tried not to fall to my knees, because the only thing inside was your ghost and she was singing a song about me'. It's tough to explain without hearing the sound. i can only talk for myself but i can't think of more vivid, time-shifting words so well married to strong melodies and great music. i love this album.