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ARTIST
TITLE
Quique
FORMAT
2LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MCR 906LP MCR 906LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/20/2013

"Our Modern Classics Records imprint, in association with Medical Records, is marking the 20th anniversary of a unique record -- Seefeel's Quique. The London quartet's debut album (pronounced 'keek') is a dreamy confluence of dub, abstract electronic music and minimalist composition techniques, and remains a touchstone record in the ambient and shoegaze movements. Quique first oscillated into the world in July 1993 via UK label Too Pure, joining the dots between Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and Aphex Twin. Its most striking quality was its sheer sense of invention -- and the fact it was instrumental except for wordless vocals from singer/guitarist Sarah Peacock, lying low in the mix and treated as another instrument. The band emerged in London in 1992, releasing an EP, More Like Space, and finding a kindred spirit in fast-rising electronica star Aphex Twin. Before long, they were carving out an entirely new sound. 'There was a sharp shift to wanting to do something definitive, because this is what I began to respect in others -- a sense of striking out, of urgency,' says guitarist Mark Clifford in the extensive liner notes by Dave Segal accompanying this reissue. Being a debut album, it's one that finds invention in economy. Quique's unusual sound was not the result of an extravagant setup or a loaded, state-of-the-art studio, even if the guitars and vocals especially existed in a universe apart from everything else happening at the time. It was instead recorded in an attic studio in Camden, north London."