The opening single of Selci’s recently released album Earth Person, is “Thirsty Skin”. It features the experimental and jazzy sounds Selci is known for, juxtaposed with ethereal lyrics like “Through mascara lashes she watches her sins flow,” setting the pace for the rest of the album.
Her original work is strong, but one of my personal favourites on Earth Person is her cover of Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”. It’s a funkier take on the pop hit with vocals that gave me shivers the first time I heard it.
“Continuum” is interesting. The lyrics “Space and time, above the ground” are looped throughout. I’ve heard the looping live and it’s equal parts intriguing and enchanting – the charm isn’t lost when it’s recorded. It also features a funky beat and a cool build up. It’s an all-around strong track.
“Ambiguous Mixers” is another standout track. It’s strong lyrically and vocally, full of clever wordplay.
The album wraps up with “Spinnin,” remixed by local duo The Forefathers. It makes you want to dance, and is a fun way to finish off this groovy album.
Earth Person has a little bit of everything: vocal loops, lots of soul, a pop cover, and a jazzy attitude coupled with an ethereal aesthetic. Vocal loops are constant throughout the album and they add a cool and coherent touch. It’s experimental and multifaceted, providing funky beats and lyrics that are worth a second listen.
- Martyna Turczynowicz
Published in Volume 70, Number 9 of The Uniter (November 5, 2015)