Séance return with new single, ‘Follow The Leader’
Séance were a successful synth-pop duo from Switzerland, toured Europe in the 80s and early 90s, and enjoyed international indie success with their album, ‘Blue Dolphin Blue’ (PIAS).
Then it all went quiet.
“Musically, a lot changed in the 90s towards dance and house – that wasn’t our thing,” explains Ralf L. Aerne, who then opened a shop specialising in the sale and repair of analogue synthesizers (Audioklinik), while his bandmate, ‘Reto Caduff,’ moved to New York and made a name for himself as a director of music videos and documentaries.
But their passion for electronic music never waned and Aerne and Caduff decided to bring Séance out of hibernation.
“The sound of that time has its own character, ‘analogue soul.’ that’s what we grew up with. It’s great that young artists are now drawing with these tools,” added Caduff.
The return of Séance developed in small steps. In autumn 2019, the remastered album ‘Blue Dolphin Blue,’ which the band recorded in Brussels in 1988, was released digitally for the first time.
The debut EP ‘Detlef and Destemonias End’ (1987) was also made available online for the first time. Then came ‘WHERE WE CAME FROM,’ Séance’s first studio album in 30 years. Ten new songs, recorded in London in winter 2019 with producer David M. Allen (The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy, Depeche Mode) at the mixing desk of legendary producer Conny Plank.
‘WHERE WE CAME FROM’ is both the title of the album and a reference to the musical past. A commitment to the sounds that inspired the artists in their youth and motivated them to make music.
But this is no 80s homage with cover versions. All ten songs are new original compositions, created for the present, with themes that composer Aerne has been working on over the last few years. Less youthful exuberance, more personal reflection, but created with no less passion and verve.
The new album ‘Dark Flow’ gets its release in September, the new single, ‘Follow The leader,’ is out now.
Séance online: Séance | home (seance.band)