Acclaimed London-based sonic explorer Seb Rochford unleashes a startling new band and debut album. The frontier where doom rhythms rub against haunted saxophone atmospherics. A 4-time Mercury Prize nominee (Polar Bear, Sons of Kemet, Basquiat Strings) Pulled by Magnets is Seb’s most sublime and provocative musical statement to date.
‘I guess the place that I’m writing from is always my emotion, and I wrote all the music for Pulled by Magnets because I was trying to find music that fitted what I was feeling and at that time I couldn’t find any’ – Sebastian Rochford
There’s the glittering list of collaborations that includes Patti Smith, Brian Eno and David Byrne, the trailblazing (post-)jazz strangeness of Polar Bear, the drumming and producing for Sons of Kemet, of which he was a founding member, the film soundtrack work (on Chris Morris’s latest, among others) and, as we move into the new decade, there’s … well, what is this exactly? How many Seb Rochfords are there?
From the off, it sounds unlike anything the Scots-born, London-based, desert-loving drummer of Anglo-Indian and English/Irish heritage has done before. Gone are the quizzical, music-hall-at-the- end-of-the-world stylings of Polar Bear, to be replaced by a soundtrack of the mind that is, by turns, sublime, stately and provocative. Forget type, genre or influence: this is the start of a brand-new trip by one of the most questing musicians at work anywhere.