Sebastian Melmoth’s new album In Ruins, is a moody, seductive, slice of art rock that features tracks ranging from the sample-laden, sax-laced, space themed The Engineering of Consent, to the quieter more haunting Miet Mitzvah. Their genre-voyaging work blends drones, drums, chants, slogans and skewed dance skitterishness, into a coherent and accessible, if sometimes creepy, album. The orchestral-style Presley Honey DTT Residential Mix segues into horror film territory. While Prosopagnosia is a claustrophobic tale of obsessiveness “I think about you all the time” - the RLF Mix turns it into a warped haunted house track.
Sebastian Melmoth describe themselves as ‘Existential Mysanthropop’. Their brand of darkly poetic art-rock works brilliantly live, verging on performance art with a driving beat. Their recordings are more hypnotic, with mesmerising tales of the wrong. Their releases include 7” vinyl in hand-made covers with limited edition artwork, and now the album In Ruins. We checked them out at a recent gig, and the band’s official album launch night is on Saturday 22nd March at The Stag’s Head in East London. Sebastian Melmoth are Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof, and Jan-Carl Raspe.