Seymour at Zero Station, April 27, 2009
Seymour's gentle, mellifluous sound is the type that quiets a chattering room. Billy Libby and Aren Sprinkle sat hunched over their microphones with eyes wide open, playing loud enough to hear, but quiet enough to encourage the audience to pay close attention. Their set created a soundscape that was at first intricate, small, and finite, but bloomed into moments of crescendo that reminded me of the expansive moments in the music of Sigur Rós.
I waited for them to play my favorite song, "The Winter Song," which I must have given ten plays on their MySpace page the night before. The lyrics repeat, "You can hear anything in a house this quiet." As the band played this lullaby of a single, its timbre matched the lyric content, and it became easy to envision not only the empty room they were singing about, but also the loneliness one might project on it during the lulls of bittersweet wintertime solace.
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