Time to Dream but Never Seen

by Keith Seatman

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LP Released by Castles in Space on Red and Yellow Vinyl.
Sleeve notes by Jim Jupp (Ghostbox Records)
Douglas E Powell voice/vocals on track 9 Speak your piece.

Keith Seatman’s music is an anachronistically repurposed assemblage of sounds, melodies and technologies plundered from different time zones. Perhaps no surprise as he lives and records a stone’s throw from the jaded, yet jaunty seafront of Southsea in Portsmouth on the south coast of England. This album however is far from being a haphazard and spontaneous collage. Keith’s busy and dense soundworld is composed though a very deliberate and painstaking process. Unlikely musical and sonic juxtapositions artfully evoke a sense of place and narrative. This latest excursion is bad-trip psychedelia shot through with wistful and whimsical melodies and occasional haunted voices.
So, on Last One In for example, what could be a chirpy and exciting theme tune to a 1970s kid’s adventure series is modulated into a minor key by a sinister synth bass line and menaced by a stomping bother boy rhythm. In the opening track On to the Pier & Down to the Sea, the amusement arcade din is submerged in a watery digital swirl during. Likewise, on Tippy Toe Tippy Toe the tiddly-om-pom-pom of the pier is heard from the point of view some approaching aquatic creature or perhaps by a drowning man. This track heralds the closing section of the album which shifts focus from the seafront to its rustic precursor, the mayday fair. Something weird comes to the village in Waiting by the Window. Sounding as if late period Radiophonic Workshop (when they got hold of expensive synths) had popped back 15 years to work with their boffinish tape wielding forbears. It summons an atmosphere like a Nigel Kneale drama or one of those folk-horror inspired episodes of Dr.Who. Finally, the album’s title track seems to offer a chance of escape to a more rustic idyll with melancholy mellotron flute and mumbled nursery rhymes. But as the album closes it feels like a relentlessly inescapable holiday-special steam train drags us back On to the Pier & Down to the Sea.
Jim Jupp,
Ghost Box Records 

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released February 28, 2020

Credits
All Tracks written by
Keith Seatman
Except*
Seatman and Powell
Music
Keith Seatman
Words and Voice
Douglas E Powell

Produced by
Keith Seatman and Jack Packer
© Keith Seatman 2019

Many Thanks to
Jim Jupp for Sleeve Notes and Audio Advice
Simon Heartfield Audio Advice
Jez Stevens for Video
Colin Morrison at Castles in Space
Nick Taylor for Artwork/Design
Antony at RedRed Paw Mastering

CiS would like to thank Spencer Robinson for
invaluable production support

Cat: CiS042
Castles in Space

An album steeped in sweet shop mysticism of a stranger and gentler England. Its Syd Barrett, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Radiophonic workshop and even Tommy Cooper and the remnants of Music hall.
Its barely February but he might have made the album of the year.
Bob Fisher (Electronic Sound, Feb 2020)

Soundscapes, simple motifs and spoken word combine to make a time - traveling portal to an imagined place. Its on this knife edge between whimsy and potential darkness where the albums mood sits.
Duncan Fletcher (Shindig Magazine March 2020)

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Keith Seatman Hampshire, UK

Keith Seatman is a musician, DJ owner of some synths, records and all manner of old tat and always a tad lost. Former member of the band Psylons,
Has recorded sessions for The Garden of Earthly Delights and has been played on BBC 6 music's The Freak Zone and Gideon Coe show BBC Radio 3 Late Junction The Phantom Circuit and NTS Radio Alien Jams.
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