The Seshen are a Bay area band that are actually a collection many Angelenos: vocalist Lalin St. Juste is an Altadena/Pasadena native as was drummer Chris Thalmann; percussionist Mirza Kopelman is also from LA; bassist Aki Ehara and sampler Kumar Butler both attended college here; and other vocalist Akasha Orr lived in LA for over ten years. Basically, all but one have a strong LA connection and–very recently–they were actually in town playing a show at The Bootleg. We totally intended to share a story about them when they were in town but we totally fucked up our timing and are very mad at ourselves. Regardless, we wanted to share their latest single “Oblivion” as it’s pretty great and they are Los Angeles expats.
The band is pretty new and have a cool take on electrosoulpop that is part synth jazz and part neo-soul revivalism. “Oblivion” is a clappy, woozy, dreamy song that, like all songs about topics like oblivion, has a certain level of unconsciousness. It poses to be a kind little jam but somewhat literally heads “into oblivion” pretending to have finished halfway to return in an abstract cascading breakdown of vocals and high-hat. It all builds to a resounding finish. You may think you understand what that means but you really won’t until you listen to the song (which you can below).
The Seshen will surely be back in Los Angeles soon but, if you are ever up in the Bay area, they do quite a good bit of shows up there: they’ll be at tonight’s Eat Real Festival in Oakland in addition to performances at Brava Theatre September 29 and 30th. For more on them, poke around their website, give them a Like on Facebook, and check out their Soundcloud.