Sunday, 13 November 2016
Ones to Watch 2017 #5 - Seramic
If gritty, funky, soulful Prince like jams with a touch of gospel fronted by a man that once recorded more traditional singer-songwriter fare under his real name sounds like your sort of thing, then Breaking More Waves 5th choice of Ones to Watch for 2017 will be right up your groovy street.
The first British act on this year’s list, Seramic, impressed virtually all the cool of-the-moment-early-adopter blogs with the debut release People Say, which was sneaked out at the very end of 2015, but my eureka moment was in a packed basement club at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival in May, where Marcus Foster (for he is the man behind this project) rolled out a raw and commanding set that referenced the aforementioned Prince, Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix (well, if you’re going to take influence, take it from the greats) and created the equivalent of a sonic earthquake.
It surprises me that so many of the pop tastemaker blogs went for Seramic - to my ears at least his sound doesn't sound particularly hip or young - its more suited to Radio 2 than Radio 1 or Beats - but then what goes around comes around again - waves break and rise once more, such is the cyclical nature of pop. However, whatever crowd the music of Seramic finds, it's undeniably good and that's what counts.
If you’re seeing Jack Garratt on tour this month, get there early and get a blast of Seramic: “Music that lubricates the parts other songs fail to reach” was how I previously described him. One to Watch (and feel) for 2017.
Seramic - Found (Live)
Seramic - People Say